Comparing Units of Measurement for Kindergarten

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This resource includes mats to be printed and used for comparing units of measurement. They are suitable for Foundation Year/Kindergarten. This is a hands-on activity looking at longest/shortest, tallest/shortest, heavier/lighter, biggest/smallest, full/empty, more/less, hot/cold.  They could be used with assistance at a preschool level.


Print and laminate the mats. Use the cut-outs provided or collect real leaves, real pencils, etc.  You can also cut out images from magazines to compare.

We have provided one completed mat for each activity. These are great to hang around the classroom after completing the activity. We have also provided blank mats to use with items you choose.

Australian Curriculum

Foundation Year - Measurement and Geometry: Using units of measurement

Use direct and indirect comparisons to decide which is longer, heavier or holds more, and explain reasoning in everyday language (ACMMG006)

comparing objects directly, by placing one object against another to determine which is longer or by pouring from one container into the other to see which one holds more using suitable - language associated with measurement attributes, such as ‘tall’ and ‘taller’, ‘heavy’ and ‘heavier’, ‘holds more’ and ‘holds less’

Common Core USA

Kindergarten » Measurement & Data - Describe and compare measurable attributes.


Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has "more of"/"less of" the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.

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