Length, and measuring it with a ruler, is something children will eventually cover in school. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get them using a ruler at home early on. It’s a great way to help them practice using two hands at the same time (one holding the ruler steady, the other drawing the line), a surprisingly tricky task for a child to master. Once they’ve got the hang of it, they can use it to draw lines in their pictures, make mazes, draw 2-D shapes and even draw grids for their own word searches.Go for wide and chunky first rulers, that small hands can easily grasp.
About The Author
I'm Alexis, father of four and founder of One Hundred Toys, Get Set Five and A Year With My Child. I taught in London primary schools for thirteen years, specialising in the early years. I studied at the Institute of Education, part of the University of London, both for my PGCE and my as-yet-unfinished masters. I'm especially interested in schemas and how they help us understand the motivations behind toddlers' play.