Cereal Graphing

I am always  looking for new things to do with the kids at work. This year, I have an exceptional class in that they are all so bright and have had me completely rewritten my normal 3 year old curriculum.

Already this year we have discussed terms like evaporation, precipitation, and condensation when talking about the water cycle. Recently we just finished winter habits such as hibernation, migration and adaptation as well. This class is just soaking it all in! So I am always looking for a way to challenge them, especially on a rainy day!

A couple of weeks ago, I was at Vons before work and I had a feeling it was going to rain, so when I was at my normal check of the clearance shelf, I jumped on the half priced cereal. Cereal graphing was something we hadn’t done yet and any project that is edible is always a winner with kids!

I made a simple graph paper and copied it, I could make a nice one on the computer if you would all like the printable but I did this last minute and the hand made one worked great. I was using captain crunch type cereal so I had 4 circles and a square at the bottom of mine. 

We pulled out the colors that matched the cereal and they colored in the shapes.

Then I gave them a handful of cereal (trying to make it have a mix of all the colors) and they started sorting them onto the graph. You could have them sort first and then add to the graph, but this is the route they went so I just ran with it.

After they are all sorted, we took one row at a time off and then colored the spaces with the corresponding number of cereal pieces in that color.

At the end, we counted them and put the number at the top.

This gave us an opportunity to talk about more than/ less than/ most/ least and compare our findings.

It was a great activity and I think their favorite part was the early snack they got to eat when they were done!

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3 Responses to Cereal Graphing

  1. Bailey- I Know All the Words February 20, 2013 at 4:25 am #

    what a great activity!

    Returning the follow 😀

  2. Alice Thompson February 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    Love this idea – am so massively into charting at the moment as a way to explore number with pre-schoolers. Will definitely try out this idea. Alice @ Mums Make Lists

  3. Alice (@mumsmakelists) April 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    We have a special focus this week on maths and number posts at the Empty Your Archive link party, and I would absolutely love for you to link this up, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x