Measuring play dough inchworms

We spent a little time exploring inchworms this week. Of course, you can’t explore inchworms without first reading the book” Inch by Inch” by Leo Lionni.  To extend the book into our play we did a little play dough inchworm measuring…

I made little rulers for my students to use. They are not an exact measurement but they got the idea across and each child got to take their rulers home at the end of the day. I just love play dough – it can be used for so many things! Just the fine motor strengthening that takes place alone is a great thing…

Our inchworms all measured out to be much longer than one inch!

And this is the world’s longest inchworm but unfortunately, we didn’t get around to measuring it so you just have to take my word that it is the world’s longest inchworm…

And after all the inchworm rolling and measuring, the children decided to use my measuring spoons to make prints in the play dough.  I don’t know how we ended up there but I guess they were still working with measuring tools so we headed down a new path of learning all in one session!

By |2011-11-02T23:23:53+00:00November 2nd, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Monica J @Sofamilyonline November 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    This is a great activity. I will have to incorporate this activity into a lesson. My students will love it. Thanks! 🙂

  2. Lori November 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    This is such a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I featured your post on Montessori MOMents. Here’s the link:

    I love finding new ways to utilize playdough. It’s such a great learning tool…and fun too!

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