How Long Am I? Measuring With Leaves

Measure with leaves. Measuring with non-standard units of measurements.

Welcome to another Early Childhood Education Wednesday post, where a team of homeschooling and educational bloggers share free hands-on learning activities for you to try. Last week’s theme was Numbers 0-5, this week’s theme is Fall STEM. (If you are looking to find out more about what STEM is )

I had this great idea that we would measure things around the house after a nice trip to the library for a fall read and a walk with our baskets to collect leaves.

Reality: Woke up looking a hot mess, the severe asthmatic kid couldn’t breath, the 2-year-old has been having crazy crying fits, there is dog hair everywhere and it’s making my allergies not respond well to antihistamines and I got a sick kid who can’t make it to school. So the library trip was a no go.

My girls were still up for a project (That’s what they call the lessons we do). It just so happens that I ran to our Dollar General a couple of days ago looking for some fall decor. Leaves were a part of this purchase.


  • Leaves (real or fake)
  • Objects to measure



  1. Sort leaves by size, color, type
  2. Once all the leaves are sorted find an object to measure the length with the leaves.


How we played:

Once we sorted all the leaves we then took a stuffed animal and measured it using the bigger leaves and slowly working our way through all the sorted leaves. We did this activity three days in a row measuring different items from around the house and they even measured each other.

Measure with leaves. Measuring with non-standard units of measurements.

This was a hit activity for my girls because it was able to carry over into the next week and in my book that’s a win.

I set this activity up because my four-year-old has been using a ruler a lot lately and she just recently started to ask how tall and wide things are. And while she can read numbers I think at her age finding non-standard items to measure with can be pretty cool and win me the cool mom of the year award.

Measure with leaves. Measuring with non-standard units of measurements.

How Many Leaves Am I Book.


  • Copy paper
  • Color pencils
  • Needle and thread
  • Construction paper
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Fall Leaves Printable



  1. Bind book (All About Me) the construction paper is used as a book cover and is added last
  2. Have the child cut and glue one image per page
  3. Using the Leaves ruler that comes with the printable have them measure how many leaves long an item is.  They can even take some beads and see how many beads can fit on the image.
  4. Once the above activity and the cutout items have all been added and measured then have the child paint the construction paper a picture to represent their weeks learning. My 4-year-old made leaves on hers in Fall colors.
  5. Take the painting and cut it to fit the book, front and back
  6. Sew it to the book insert
  7. Take the last page of the completed book and glue it down to the construction paper.

We complete our books by Friday and I leave their books out during the weekend for them to explore and from there I can see if we can add to it or leave it be.

Measure with leaves. Measuring with non-standard units of measurements.

To make this a STEM project I let my 4-year-old take some photos of them working. We used our Selfie Stick from the Ultimate Selfie Stick Kit that I got from Parragon Books. She liked how easy it was to take a photo without her hand in the way. (They are not just for phones, you can hook your camera to it. Perfect for a young child) What do yo think about her photo right above?



I put together a little playlist for us to listen to while we explored during the week. This week they didn’t have a real favorite, they seemed to like them all equally and danced with them all just about the same. All of these songs were easy for my two-year-old to pick up the lyrics and movements to the first time hearing.

Fall Leaves Printable

Clipart by Fun Classroom Creations

Looking for more Fall Activities?

Fall Sensory Bin

Easy Fall Sensory Bin


Fall Leaves Word Numbers

Harvest Time Math: Tiny Tots Adventures

Fall 1:1 Correspondence







Check out these great Fall STEM activities from the Early Childhood Education Team. Be sure to follow the #TeachECE hashtag on Twitter and Instagram to get some Early Childhood Education inspiration.

Playdough Parts of an Acorn by Learning to Walk
The Itsy Bitsy Rhyming Spider by Growing Book by Book
FALL STEM Challenge for Kids: Leaf Sculptures by The Educators’ Spin On It

9 Responses to How Long Am I? Measuring With Leaves

  1. Amanda says:

    Such a great way to introduce children to measuring!
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  2. Cerys says:

    We love measuring with none standard units – and leaves would be great this time of year off to hunt out our silk leaves.
    Cerys recently posted…Fungus InvestigationMy Profile

  3. My kids love to measure with non-standard and standard units. Great idea to use leaves for the fall.
    Jodie @ Growing Book by Book recently posted…The Itsy Bitsy Rhyming SpiderMy Profile

  4. Clarissa says:

    We have silk leaves, we need to try this!
    Clarissa recently posted…Five Little Pumpkins STEM ActivityMy Profile

  5. Alecia says:

    This is a great activity! What a great Fall twist on non standard units of measure.

  6. Emma says:

    I love the use of the leaves to practice with measuring – how fun!
    Emma recently posted…Magic Leak-Proof Bag ExperimentMy Profile

  7. Theresa says:

    What a fun activity! Our kids would love to try this out.
    Theresa recently posted…Fall Playdough Engineering ChallengeMy Profile

  8. using leaves to practice measuring is a great activity!
    susen @Dabbling Momma recently posted…How do your Kids Play?My Profile

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