Call me a lightweight (I know I am) but I simply can’t handle several of Leo Lionni’s books. They are just too sad! But his Inch by Inch is certainly one of my favorites, and I love how smart that little inchworm is. Like Lionni’s other books, the nature-based images in this gem are lovely and fully deserving of the Caldecott honor.
When I saw Rainy Day Mum was again hosting Storybook Summer and the first theme was bugs, I knew not only that I wanted in but that I wanted to make Inch by Inch printable measuring activities!
A couple weeks later I realized the reality of it all…I chose a book about inches for my favorite UK-based blog. That made me reflect, how many children’s books are out there about the metric system? In any case, I did decide to stick with my planned Inch by Inch printable measuring activities but wanted to note that I have acknowledged this irony.
Anyway, I asked my preschooler first for an idea of an activity to make related to the wonderful Inch by Inch book. Appropriately, he suggested measuring.
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Most of the printables we use in our preschool homeschool are of the free variety, and I’ve always liked the festive measuring activities that come with a printable ruler. Sometimes they are accurate in the measure, and sometimes not; I surely want a ruler based on a book called Inch by Inch to be exactly that!
So with the boy’s help, I created a relatively simple but adaptable activity here. Print the first page in color (or black and white is fine, too) to make as long of a ruler as you want. Be sure to print at 100% so the measurements are accurate! Use cardstock to make it stronger and/or laminate it. Either glue it at the tabs (check for accuracy) or trim the tabs off if you prefer before laminating.
I opted to print mine in color on cardstock, trim and attach to the gray tabs, then fold for easy storage.
The next three pages can be printed in black and white (or color) and used as you wish. The first two recording sheets make it a sort of scavenger hunt; look outside (page 2) and inside (page 3) to find things to measure! The fourth page is like the rest, but without any specific items to find, and we see at least two ways to use it:
You (Parent/Caregiver) can find some items to measure and draw them on the sheet.
Kids can take care of finding things to measure AND drawing a picture along with their estimation! Or, the learner can find items to draw and measure on their own!
We were stuck in a majorly rainy pattern for a long while, so measuring items indoors was best for us. But thankfully Spring has turned to Spring as of late and we could head outside for this.
I hope you enjoy reading and learning with these free Leo Lionni Inch by Inch printable activities!
It served as the inspiration to keep up with weekly tot school and preschool themes, and perhaps, share some ideas with others!
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.