Did you know even young preschoolers can make a simple graph? It’s a really fun way to introduce this important math concept, as well as sorting and comparisons of less and more. We just tried graphing for the first time and I was amazed my just-turned-3-year-old caught on quick and knew just where to put the squares.
This was our first graph, so we kept it simple with colors. Since T isn’t reading yet, I wrote the color words in their corresponding colors.
We decided to use glue cause glue is fun – and we wanted to keep our finished product so we could show Dad.
After showing him how to graph, he didn’t need my help at all! The colored squares are a little boring, but the glue kept it interesting.
Finished! We talked about least and most, and shortest and longest, and then hung it on the fridge to talk about again tomorrow.
If you’re creative, you could invent a graphing activity to coordinate with practically any theme. For some ideas, check out some of these preschool graphing activities collected from around the web. Many of them include printable graphs, which makes preparing these activities sooo easy!
- Try this free, printable Goldfish Cracker Graph from PreKinders. There are also sorting, counting and pattern printables to use with colored fish crackers.
- Counting Coconuts has a seed graphing project – it’s not only a math activity, it’s a great chance to learn about different kinds of seeds. The graph is printable.
- You could perform a sink or float experiment and graph your results like shown here at Not Just Cute.
- I Can Teach My Child has a good idea for graphing toy vehicles by whether they travel on land, air, or sea.