Measure that Treasure

Measure That Treasure is a treasure hunt game in which children need to locate and measure different items within the environment.
Measure That Treasure
The objective is to locate, measure and record one item for each measurement on the Measure That Treasure Record Sheet, which you're welcome to download.
(Note: when you print these pages out, they need to be stuck together side-by-side).

Our sincere thanks to Deceptive Educational for being the inspiration of this game. If you haven't already discovered this blog yet, you're in for a treat as it's full of creative ideas.

Our treasure hunt was conducted in centimetres but you could easily adapt it to inches and feet.

Create a Ruler-of-the-ruler-crown
Firstly, we created our ruler-of-the-ruler crowns. Admittedly, our crowns had a 'rustic' quality to them as I wanted the boys to use rulers to connect the dots which formed the basis of the crowns.

Use a ruler to connect the dots
The crowns were made by cutting along the lines and taping the halves of the crowns together end to end.

Decorate the crowns
Of course, the crowns needed decorating.

Time to play Measure That Treasure
The boys were then 'armed' with a record sheet each on which they could document their findings, along with rulers and pencils.

It was funny watching them find things to measure which included:

    Time to measure all sorts of objects

  • objects from the nature table (they had the choice of drawing pictures on their record sheets or writing words)
  • Time to measure all sorts of objects

  • my foot (which is definitely not part of the nature table!)
  • each other
  • Time to measure all sorts of objects

  • the grass ("Hey, Mum. The grass needs mowing") and much more.

To be honest, I hadn't expected the boys to complete every square on their record sheets. However, the activity captured their attention so much that they worked hard until they'd finished.

Connecting trains to make the desired length
Admittedly, towards the end of the game, there was some creative problem-solving going on. For example, if an item still needed be located to fit a particular measurement, the boys created it with Lego or trains.

I loved the way this activity encouraged the boys to:

  • measure for a purpose
  • read measurements from a ruler
  • use comparisons
  • use language to describe measurements and comparisons
  • write/spell the name of obejcts
  • problem-solve
  • cooperate.

It's a good idea to allow heaps of time for this activity as it takes time to find objects, measure and record 30 items! Alternatively, break the activity into two sessions and do one sheet at a time.

This activity can be organised with little preparation and has many educational benefits. Best of all, however, it's fun! We hope you'll enjoy doing it yourself.

We'd love to hear how you play with rulers. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post, or on our facebook page.


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