These tactile, colourful snakes are the perfect way to introduce young children to the key ideas of measurement in a practical and active way. Children will enjoy using the snakes for an endless variety of estimating and measuring activities: comparing the sizes of the snakes, placing them in order from the shortest to the longest, finding objects that are shorter, longer or perhaps the same length as their snake, and of course, for measuring distances!
Each set includes ten snakes which are colour-coded into five different lengths: 20, 40, 60, 80, and 100cm. Measuring with the different lengths of snakes will encourage discussion (including talking about the concept of scaling), develop important mathematical vocabulary, and help children understand the need for a fixed standard measuring unit. Each set contains ten fabric snakes (5 x 20cm, 2 x 40cm, 1 x 60cm, 1 x 80cm, and 1 x 100cm) and an activity leaflet, all stored in a useful drawstring bag.
Hayley Cannell, Nursery Manager –
“They were particularly well used towards the end of the summer with our older children who were able to use them constructively for measuring activities. They very quickly got the idea of putting the different coloured snakes together, to compare lengths, and we also used them to measure different toys. While the younger children are not ready for measuring activities, they love the snakes’ colourful and tactile qualities and as they get used to having them around, we are introducing different activities, leading to number learning.”