Animal Rulers: Measurement and Math Tool

A fun way to introduce kids to measurement, addition, subtraction, and pre-algebra is with this set of printable animal-themed "rulers" each measuring a specific length in inches. Just laminate and cut them out and you can measure anything!

FREE animal themed printable rulers for kids to learn about measurement as well as math concepts like addition and subtraction. Great for preschool and kindergarten kids as an introduction to inches, rulers and measuring!

There are 6 Animal Rulers. The bee is 1 inch, the turtle is 2 inches, the rabbit is 3 inches, the horse is 4 inches, the bear is 5 inches and the elephant is 6 inches.

Give your kids or students a small item to measure, such as a pencil, marker, spoon, bottle, book, shoe, toy, etc. and let them figure out which animal matches the length of that object. If the object is bigger than the biggest animal (6 inches), let them use 2 or 3 animals to measure and then add them up to figure out the length.

For older children (kindergarten, 1st grade and up), there are 8 equation mats with a total of 24 equations ranging from easy to advanced. A rabbit plus a turtle equals what animal? An elephant minus a horse equals what animal? This is a unique and interesting way to teach basic math and measuring skills and is sure to keep your kids interested and make learning fun!


Viviana is a blogging mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a kindergartner, sharing ideas and resources for early education. She specializes in unique, hands-on printable activities that are educational, fun and inspire creativity in young minds.


  1. Thank you! This was a HUGE hit with my almost 5 year old! Very cute & the activity kept her occupied for quite a while. She needed some assistance with the more advanced equations but caught on quickly. Great activity.

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment! I'm so glad your daughter enjoyed it!

  2. These are so adorable!! What a fun way to build measuring skills!