Math was one of my favorite subjects to teach and is something that I find easy to incorporate into My Obstacle Courses with Andrew. Â One of my favorite station activities is graphing. Â This one activity builds many different skills – sorting (visual discrimination), arranging (fine motor skill), counting (math), and answering questions using the graph (problem solving).
We have made graphs with all sorts of different things and when I found these mini-cutouts I knew they would not only make this easy for me but there were so many in the package that we could do lots of different graphs showing different results.
Creating A Graph Doesn’t Have To Be Anything Fancy!
Once you have something to graph, you are almost ready. Â Here’s how I set up my graphing stations for My Obstacle Courses:
I choose how many of each specific cutout I want to have in the graph and place them in a container (small plates, cups or cupcake foils work great for this!).
Thatâ€™s all the preparation necessary for this station!
Graphing Station How To:
- When the child gets to this station, they will sort the cutouts into the correct row.
- Gluing is not necessary but if you want to work on that skill, the pieces can then be glued in the row.
- The child counts how many in each row.
- Incorporate math vocabulary and answering questions either by asking your own questions or by using question cards.
How many ___?
How many in all?
Which one has the most/greatest?
Which one has the smallest amount/least?
Do any of the rows/cutouts have the same amount?
The level of difficulty can be adjusted and if you have a child who is ready for more representational thinking, you could have each cutout represent a given amount (ex. one snowflake cutout=10 snowflakes falling), even cutting snowflakes in half to make it more challenging!
I encourage you to have fun doing math with your child. Â It doesn’t always have to be scary and boring. Â This is such an easy thing to do and the finished graph looks cool hanging on the refrigerator or pantry door!
Engage, Encourage and Empower!