Measure Your Feet Day - 23rd January 2021
Measure Your Feet Day is soon upon us! Yes, it’s a real day and this article will give you reasons why ideas on how to celebrate it at your setting! Measure Your Feet Day is always on the 23rd January which, this year, will fall on a Saturday. So you may choose to celebrate it the day before or the following Monday. This day is bound to be heaps of fun, but it also unlocks multiple doors of learning which link to Maths, Communication & Language and Self-Awareness. It’s a day to get talking about the children’s busy feet and also a celebration where you get to introduce the concept of measuring.
Below are four steps explaining how you can make this day super exciting yet educational:
1. Put Your Best Foot Forward
With any thematic day, you should prepare as much as possible, so that learning experience is even more stimulating. It is often the thematic days that children remember most vividly as they progress through school. The aim of the day is simple: the children will measure their feet.
Additionally, gather a range of tools that can be used to draw around the children’s feet and, if possible, for children to draw around their peers’ feet too. If children are unable to draw around a friend’s foot, then you can give them agency by allowing them to select which writing tools they would like to be used; felt-tip pens, crayons, chalk, colouring pencils, gel pens and biro pens are excellent options to have as these have different levels of thickness too.
You can have a range of resources to be used as non-standard units of measurement throughout the day. A good choice would be cubes as the gripping and handling of them develop children’s fine motor skills. Alternatively, you could use paper clips, magnets, buttons or even pom poms! Please note: whichever item you choose that you should be of the same size.
2. Knock Their Socks Off
Then you will model how exactly to ‘measure’. Excite the children by letting them know that they will do some mathematical investigation with today’s easy measuring activity! You can start by drawing around your foot and then showing them ‘how many cubes long’ your foot is. You can also get a child volunteer to show the children the difference in size.
To support number recognition, have number cards close by. Children can be asked to select the correct number card based on how many cubes have been used.
3. Toe-tally Covered
To celebrate a fantastic day of measuring allow the children to do some foot printing. You’ll need a long roll of paper or cardboard, bubble wrap and different coloured paints. If it’s not too cold, this can be done outside. Sensory activities are always a crowd favourite.
4. You Nailed It
That’s it! How simple! It’s expected that some children will find showing their feet extra funny so prepare for the giggles. Anyway, laughter is good for the sole!