Math was one of my favorite subjects to teach and is something that I find easy to incorporate into My Obstacle Courses with Andrew. One of my favorite station activities is graphing. 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. 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!).
That’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. It doesn’t always have to be scary and boring. 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!