Make a Family Fridge Graph

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What You Need:

  • Round lids from the tops of frozen orange juice containers (one for each family member)
  • Adhesive magnet strips
  • Scissors
  • Pictures of family members
  • Glue or tape
  • Paper

What You Do:

  1. Cut out the face of each family member, so that it fits inside the orange juice cap. (Note: Turn the cap to the side that has the raised edges. The back side, which is flat, will be the side that gets the magnet.) Glue or tape the picture into the cap.
  2. Attach a magnet strip to the back of the cap.
  3. Test to be sure the magnet is strong enough to hold the cap on the refrigerator. Add another strip if needed.
  4. Write a question at the top of the paper. Start with something simple, like "Do you like macaroni and cheese?" At the bottom of the paper, write the possible answers: yes, no.
  5. Hold the paper on the fridge, and have each family member place his or her magnet in the appropriate place - according to his or her answer - on the graph (start from the bottom and go up in this case). The magnets will also hold the paper in place.
  6. At the end of the day, have your child come up with a new question for tomorrow's graph. Repeat with a new piece of paper the next day to create another pictograph.
  7. For fun, your child can make a book of family graphs from this activity. Simply have her trace around the magnets on the graph before taking it off the fridge, and write each family member's name in the corresponding circle. Keep this paper in a binder and add subsequent graphs to it daily.

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