Of course, other candies or colored cereal can be used for this fun graphing activity but I am partial to M&M’s and this free printable was made just for them!
I pre-labeled each cup with the child’s name.
The plastic wrap is to seal it up for them to take their candy home.
How To Teach It
- Print a copy of the graph in color on white cardstock- one for each child.
- Pour some M&M’s in a small paper cup – one cup per child.
- Sit your students down at a table with their graph and candies.
- Explain to them that they should sort through their candies and place a line of candies on the same bar of the color they are holding. i.e. green M&M’s go on the green line, red on red and so forth.
- Have them count how many greens, how many blues, how many reds.
So, your little ones just got a “taste” (pardon the pun) of how to use and read a graph plus a counting exercise – with a snack afterward!
What other ways can you think of to use this graphing activity with young children?
This year I made snowman cookies for a movie night party.
M&M’s were the
buttons for the snowman tummies!