Measure height and weight with playful game-type activities.

How to Make a Game Out of Measuring Kids' Height & Weight

by Kim Blakesley

Keeping track of your kids' height and weight provides you with a chronological record of their development from infancy through adulthood. It also provides you with a gauge to indicate whether your kids are becoming obese. Obesity is a serious health problem among youth, causing early onset diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Obesity can also cause self-esteem issues by other kids' teasing or excluding your children from everyday activities. Keep track of your kids' height and weight with simple and fun game type activities.

1. Kids' Chart

1 Make a gridded chart on construction paper. Divide the construction paper into 1 1/4-inch squares. Select one day from each month and write the date in the top row of squares, skipping the first column. Write your child's name in a square in the first column.

2. Kids' Chart

2 Measure the height and weight of each of your children and put it under the appropriate date.

3. Kids' Chart

3 Determine each of their BMIs with a BMI chart or calculator for kids. Compare your kids' measurements and see how much they have grown each month.

4. Age Meter

1 Select an entranceway in your home to create an age meter. Kitchen doorways are a good location for this activity.

5. Age Meter

2 Ask each of your kids to stand against the doorway. Place a ruler on top of their head and push it against the doorway. Make a mark at the location.

6. Age Meter

3 Write each child's name by their mark. Put the date and height measurement by the line. Repeat this activity every six months.

7. Weight Comparison

1 Weight your children and write down their weight in a notebook.

8. Weight Comparison

2 Place a tall kitchen trash can on a bathroom scale.

9. Weight Comparison

3 Ask your children to fill the trash can with gallons of water until it reaches their weight. Have your children keep track of how many gallons of water it takes to reach their current weight. It is also possible to do this activity with bags of potatoes, or bags of dry cat food or dog food.

10. Doctor Kid

1 Turn your kids into young doctors. Provide each of your children with a tape measure, writing instrument and notebook.

11. Doctor Kid

2 Ask your kids to select their favorite stuffed animal or doll.

12. Doctor Kid

3 Instruct your kids on how to take their favorite stuffed animal's or doll's height and weight. Help your child write the measurements in a notebook.

13. Doctor Kid

4 Take the height and weight of your kids after they have completed their doctor visit with their stuffed animal or doll. Write the measurements in a notebook.

Items you will need

  • Writing instrument
  • Construction paper
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler or yardstick
  • Scale
  • BMI chart or calculator for kids
  • Notebook
  • Tall kitchen trash can
  • Empty gallon jug
  • Water

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