Graph Math

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What You Need: 

  • Multicolored candy, like Smarties
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Markers

What You Do:

  1. Pull out several handfuls of candy. 
  2. Have your child sort the candy into piles by color. 
  3. Have him count how many pieces of candy are in each pile and write down the numbers.
  4. Instruct him to create a bar graph. Along the bottom line, which is refered to as the x-axis, you will need a section for each color. Along the vertical line, called the y-axis, write in numbers at increments of 5 or 10 depending on the amount of candy you've decided to use.
  5. Have your child draw bars that show how many pieces of candy he has for each color.
  6. Encourage him to use the markers to color the bars to emphasize the colors they represent and to make his graph more visually stimulating.
  7. He's just created a bar graph! In order to check his work, make sure that the height of the bar corresponds with the number of candy pieces in each pile.

Once you've verified that the graph is correct, you can celebrate with a bit of candy!

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