You have got to try this graphing activity for kids!
Here, we combine math and socks for an epic introduction to graphing.
Graphs are simple to make and have a strong impact on learning.
They offer a visual that shows your child of many ages a clear understanding of how many, and which object has the most.
Let’s grab our socks and begin to graph them by color!
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How do you introduce graphs?
Create a large graph, and watch how it all unfolds as you sit alongside.
Below are prompted to help get started.
Language to Use:
Let’s look at the bottom here. I notice the colors are in each square. Which colors do you see?
I also notice some numbers along the lefthand side. Let’s count them.
Let’s take a peek in this basket. SOCKS?! That’s funny! I wonder why socks are in your basket. Should we place them on our graph?
Let’s take a look at this first sock. I see some red and a little bit of yellow. What color is this sock? Is it MOSTLY red, or MOSTLY yellow?
I agree. It is mostly red. Let’s add it to the first square that shows we have ONE RED SOCK. Can you help me find where the red would go?
Use these simple conversation starters to introduce graphing to kids!
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Here’s what I used to set up this graphing activity:
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Felt Squares – You can also use construction paper or marker.
Socks – I bet they are everywhere!
Here is how you make a graph for kids:
Lay two sheets of white paper vertical side by side.
Tape it down with painter’s tape.
Place the felt squares at the bottom of the graph.
Place the socks to the left of the graph.
I loved watching this indoor math game unfold. We had so much conversation.
You can extend this graph exploration by exploring:
The total amount of each color – How do you know?
How many more red socks than green?- He was not ready for this skill, but I can keep it in the back of my mind for when the timing is right. This would be a higher-level thinking question that is talked a lot about in Kindergarten and First Grade.
When doing indoor math games, do not feel like you need to discuss EVERYTHING!
Take activities with stride.
If your child shows interest, run with it! If they are checking out, try and regain focus once, then allow them to move on.
Remember, everything we are doing is to expose them to key concepts. They saw the graph. They graphed! – That right there is a HUGE win. Great job.