If you’ve spent any time around children (or read any blogs with activities for kids), you know that this idea is certainly not anything new. In fact, I did this with my first graders every year when I was teaching. I have seen the idea for Conversation Heart Graphing adapted in what seems like a million different ways. But yet every child loves it (and not only because they normally get to eat a few of the candies at the end). :)
One thing I love about this activity is that it is easily adaptable for the age and ability of your child. I did this activity first with Little Brother and later with Big Brother. With Little Brother, we concentrated on sorting and counting the colors. We also talked a little bit about which color had the most and the least, but that’s about as far as we ventured to take this activity with a 3-year old. With Big Brother, we talked specifically about how many more of each color there were and how fewer candies there were in a certain color.
Here’s what you’ll need: Candy Conversation Hearts, paper, a marker, a ruler, and some crayons.
1. Make your “graph”. This will be dependent on the colors of candies. I thought about making a printable, but I didn’t have access to my printer at the moment. Plus, I think it’s beneficial to know that we can pull out a piece of paper and make something just as easily. :)
2. Gather your candies…
3. Show your child how to place them on the graph. Even young children (ages 2-3) can grasp this concept once it’s demonstrated for them.
I didn’t leave quite enough space, so our hearts got a little jumbled in their columns. :)
A happy boy after getting to enjoy a couple of candies after his hard work!