Measuring Distance

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Things you'll need for this activity

  • 3 Plastic cups or 3 plastic buckets

  • Ping pong balls or larger tennis balls if using a bucket

  • Measuring tape

  • Masking tape

What you'll learn in this activity 

Ages: Age 5-100

Purpose: Creative fun maths activity looking at distance, measurement and weight.

Let's play!

  1. Place a line of masking tape on the floor.

  2. Using a measuring tape, measure from the line of the masking tape to 1 metre from the line. Place a piece of masking tape marking the 1metre distance.

  3. Measure from the 1 meter line and measure 0.5 meters. Place a piece of tape at 0.5 meters. (1.5 meters altogether).

  4. Measure from the 1.5 meter line and measure a further 0.5 meters. Place a piece of tape on the mark - 2 meters altogether.

  5. Place one cup or bucket on the 1 metre mark, 1.5 metre mark and 2 metre mark.

  6. Stand on the first line of masking tape with all your balls beside you. Throw the balls into  the buckets or cups.


Let's talk

Qs - How many balls did you get into each bucket? Which bucket was the easiest and hardest to get the ball into?

Extension - Join in the game and have a competition on who can get their balls into all of the buckets first. Can you place a bucket further away and get a ball in?

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