Measurement is fun to learn especially when it is taught in a hands-on way. In Fun With Math: Hands-On Measurement (Part 1), you saw how to introduce different measuring tools to your children. Then, your children were able to explore the world with different measuring tools and units.
Now it’s time to have even more fun with these two activities: Paper Airplane Flying and Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest.
Paper Airplane Flying
Show your children examples of different types of paper airplanes. You can find some examples here. Discuss which paper airplane design will most likely fly the farthest. What elements in that airplane do you think will help it fly the farthest?
Have your children make four different paper airplanes. Give each airplane a name or number. Mark out a starting line, and have your children throw the first airplane. Next, have your children use a measuring tape to measure the distance the airplane has flown. Record this measurement on the paper below. Continue the same process with the other three airplanes.
After the four airplanes have been thrown, review the data received. Which airplane went the farthest? Is this the airplane that was predicted to go the farthest? What do you think made it go the farthest? Which airplane went the shortest distance? Why do you think this airplane when the shortest distance?
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest
Enjoy a sunny day with a watermelon seed spitting contest. Cut slices of watermelon for your children. Then, have them take turns seeing how far they can spit their seeds. Analyze what makes the seeds go farther. Does air flow, angle, or stance make seeds go farther? Record your data on the paper below.
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