A Huge Measure!
Some things are immeasurable
by Rebecca Parkinson (revised, originally published in 2007)
Suitable for Key Stage 2 - Church Schools
To consider that some important things cannot be measured.
Preparation and materials
You will need a variety of objects that need measuring, for example, a bag of flour (weight), a hula hoop (circumference) and the hall (length or width).
You will also need suitable measuring equipment to measure these objects, for example, weighing scales, a ruler, a tape measure, a metre wheel and a clock.
You may also wish to have a means of recording the children’s answers and a globe.
Explain that you are going to need volunteers to help you measure some things. Show the children the objects or tell them what in the room needs measuring, for example, the length of the hall or the height of a cupboard.
Explain that you are going to measure lots of things, but you are not sure which equipment to use. Ask for some help in deciding which equipment to use for each object. Give a few wrong examples, such as 'Should I use these weighing scales to measure the length of a pencil?'
Invite a number of children to the front to carry out the measurements. Record the results.
Ask the children the following questions.
- Have you ever been on a long journey?
- Have you any idea how far you travelled on that journey?
- Do you know anyone who has travelled around the world?
Show the globe and ask the children to guess the circumference of the Earth. (The answer is 40,075.16 km.)
Ask the following questions, pausing between each to encourage the children to think about the answers.
- Can love be measured?
- Can friendship, kindness or helping each other be measured?
- Even though we can’t measure these things, does that mean they are not important?
If appropriate, read Psalm 103.12: ‘For as far as the east is from the west, so great is God’s love for us.’ Alternatively, you could read Ephesians 3.18: ‘I pray that you may grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of God.’
Explain to the children that Christians believe that God loves everybody very much. In fact, the Bible describes God’s love as immeasurable. Christians believe that God’s love is very great and never ends.
Time for reflection
Think of someone whom you love.
How can you show that person that you care for them?
What will you do today that can’t be measured, but is very important?
Thank you that you gave Jesus to the world.
Thank you that you love us so much.
Please help us to show our love to other people.
‘God is love’ (Come and Praise, 36)