Graphs are visual representations of data. Even young children can enjoying creating hands-on graphs (even though we don’t necessarily have to use that term quite yet). Making graphs is great practice in math!
I rounded up some different “modes” of transportation we have laying around our house for this graphing activity. Big Brother understood much more than I thought he would!
1. Here’s what you’ll need: a pre-made graph on posterboard (see instructions below), 3 index cards, and various items to graph. In this case, we used what he have a lot of around here–cars, trains, tractors, etc. If you don’t have a lot of these toys around your house, you can just use whatever you have on hand that can be easily organized into groups.
2. Take a blank posterboard and draw 4 rows and 3 columns (as you can see, mine aren’t straight or equally-spaced–if you are OCD about this kind of thing, use a ruler). Write the numbers going vertically up the left side of the graph.
5. Gather your items to be graphed.
7. Keep going!
9. Talk about which group has the most, the least, etc.
Put the blank graph is a safe place for another time!
Extension idea: Add more rows and increase the number of objects you are graphing.