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Stepping Out: Hop, Skip, Jump

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    Kohl Children's Museum

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Stepping Out: Hop, Skip, Jump

In this activity, learners explore and experiment how we can use our bodies everyday to get from one place to another. Learners measure the distance that they travel in one step by stepping regularly, jumping, or hopping and comparing the distances. Use this math-related activity to also emphasize the importance of exercise as a way to stay healthy.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Ruler or meter stick
  • Chart
  • Marker
  • Masking tape
  • Chalk


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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