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Which Takes Longer?

Compare various activities from the day, and ask your child to determine which takes more time to achieve.

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Extending this activity

  • -Read the book "Time for Bed, Bunny" by Brenda Ponnay. As you read, discuss with your child how 'long' each of the bedtime routines take. For example, "Do you think it takes Bunny longer to put on his pajamas or to brush his teeth?"

    -Place a digital clock in your child's bedroom. Introduce the concept of telling time by giving directions such as "you can get out of bed in the morning when the first number is a seven."

Adjust for an older child

Use a stopwatch or timer to time how long daily activities take. Record the times on a piece of paper. At the end of the day, discuss which activities take longer than others. Discuss if any activities take the same amount of time.

Adjust for a younger child

Make a point to discuss time with your child throughout your daily routines. For example, "Washing our hands takes about a minute, but taking a bath takes 15 minutes. It takes longer to take a bath than it does to wash our hands."

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Measurement

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2 thoughts on “Which Takes Longer?

  1. My grandson and I timed him brushing his teeth and putting on his shoes. Putting on the shoes took longer because he put them on the wrong foot first.

  2. Those shoes can be tricky but what a great comparison of two daily activities! Thanks for sharing!

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