Have Fun With Your 1st Grader By Making a Step Map

by Crystal Carder
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It may have just turned spring, but outside its still cold! Since my kids are probably not the only kids needing something to do, my friends from Education.com decided to share this fun Step Map activity with you all. Not only will it be fun for your kids, but its also educational!

Step Map Kids Activity

How many steps long is your hallway? Find out with this fun activity, perfect for your next rainy day. Kids boost math skills like counting and graph-making as they use steps to measure the living room, the hallway, and even the bathtub! All you need is some paper, a pencil, and your own two feet!

What You Need:
Grid paper
Plain paper

What You Do:

Get your plain paper and pencil and let your child pick a room to start in. How many steps long does he think the room is?
After he guesses, find out the answer! Have him walk across the room and count the steps, then write down the result on a piece of paper.

Use steps to measure other parts of your house. How many steps long is the hallway? How many steps long is the bathtub? How many stairs on the front of the house? Keep the totals on your list.

When he’s all done measuring, take out the grid paper. Using each square to equal a step, help your child draw a line that is as many squares long as it was steps across. Then label it “living room.” Below it, turn your other number results into lines on the grid paper.

When you’re done, talk about the results. “Roughly how many bathtubs would fit end to end in the living room?” Or, “Look! The bathtub is longer than the front stairs!”

If the sun comes out, you can take this activity outside! See how long your house is. How many steps from the front door to the mailbox? How many steps long is the car in the driveway?

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