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Measurement scavenger hunt! (Everybody has 5 minutes to fetch different objects - who will get the closest to the measurements needed?)

Measurement Scavenger Hunt

Making accurate measurements is a great skill to have. Metric measurements of length can be made in millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm), meters (m) and kilometres (km). There are 10mm in a cm, 100cm in a m and 1,000m in a km.

Before starting the activity, look carefully at a ruler to see where the cm and mm are and check you are confident measuring in them. Also look at a tape measure and see how long a m is and work out what half a meter and a quarter of a meter look like.


Next, decide whether you are working in teams or on your own. Make sure each team has a ruler (with mm and cm), a tape measure (with m), a pencil and a copy of the scavenger hunt list.


Set a timer for 5 minutes and see how many of the items you can find and bring back to the meeting point. At the end of the game, hand your items over to the opposite team who will check the measurements - and if items are too big or too small they will be removed from your list. The team with the most items the correct length at the end of the game wins!


Alternative version: teams are not allowed to use rulers/a tape measure when finding things. Everything will be measured at the end of the game, with the team who has found the closest item to the measurement winning a point for that item. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins!


Make your own scavenger hunt but instead of searching for things in length, use scales to find things that weigh different amounts in g and kg.

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