
Obtain the Materials 

 A roll of butcher paper
 Markers or crayons
 The book, How Big is A Foot? by Rolf Myller
Note: Small parts create a choking hazard for children. Make sure that all materials you choose to use for an activity or lesson with children meet safety requirements. Small parts are not appropriate for children who are 5 years of age or younger.




Introduce the Activity 

 Ask the children to look at their feet. Explain that they will be using their feet to measure themselves; their height and width.
 Explain to the children that you are going to read a book about measurement. Explain that the book is about a king who thinks of a lovely present to give his wife, the queen. But, there’s a problem with the present. Explain to them that they will need to figure out what the problem is and predict what will happen with the king and his gift to the queen.
 Read the book, How Big Is A Foot? Stop at the page where the question is asked, “Why was the bed too small for the queen?”
 Finish the story and discuss how the problem was solved.




Engage the Children 

 Explain that the children are going to use their own feet to measure their width and height and decide on a measurement for their own beds.
 Using the butcher paper, have the children trace each other’s body onto the paper. Then cut a rectangle (the bed) around the body outline. The children can decorate themselves and a bed in the background of the body.
 First, having the children use their own feet, have them measure their width. Then have them measure their height. Write down their findings on a piece of paper.
Additional Extensions
 Give the children rulers and let them use rulers to measure the width and length of themselves.
 Have the children predict how many feet wide they are and how many feet long they are.




Encourage Vocabulary 

 Measure – Use of standard units to find out size or quantity in regard to length, breadth, height, area, mass, weight, volume, capacity, temperature, and time (e.g., "Let’s measure the width of your bed.")
 Width – The extent from side to side or breadth (e.g., "Measure the width of the bed.")
 Height – The measurement from top to bottom (e.g., "Today we are going to measure the height of our beds.")
 Small – Decreased in size (e.g., "The Queen’s bed is small.")
Glossary of MATH vocabulary 



Make Adaptations 

Supporting Children at Different Levels 
Toddlers 

PreK 
Toddlers may:
 Have difficulty measuring with their own feet.
 Have difficulty grasping the idea of measuring a bed for their cutout bodies to lie on.


PreK Children may:
 Be able to easily use their feet to measure the length and width of the bed.
 Easily calculate and measure the length and width of the bed.

Home child care providers may:
 Trace and cut out multiple copies of the children’s feet so that they can line them up, one in front of the other and keep better track and organize how many feet it takes to measure the width and length of the bed needed.
 Have the children measure themselves. “I am ________ feet high and ________ feet wide.”

Home child care providers may:
 Give the children rulers and let them use the rulers to measure the width and length of themselves.
 Have the children predict how many feet wide they are and how many feet long they are.





Books 

 How Big is A Foot by Rolf Myller (New York: Random House Children's Books, 1991)
 Tall and Small: A book about Height by Kate Gilbert Phifer (New York: Walker & Co., 1987)
 Length by Henry Arthur Pluckrose (Chicago, IL: Children’s Press, 1995)
 Size by Henry Arthur Pluckrose (Chicago, IL: Children’s Press, 1995)




Music and Movement 





Outdoor Connections 


Having the children use their own feet, measure the perimeter of areas outside. You can, either draw with chalk, rectangles and squares on the pavement outside and have the children measure those or measure the perimeter of the playground or squares on the sidewalk.




Web Resources 

