Measurement and Data for Early Learners

Five year old math is SUCH fun math. My daughter and I have been doing our 20 minutes of math every day since the start of the new year.

Our latest math play fun began with counting pillows in our living room. (We have an obscene amount due to a botched couch delivery-they threw in an extra shipment of free pillows!) I quickly realized that we could sort and classify each pillow by it’s color.

That led to this little gem, which we whipped up pretty quickly with a piece of paper, some dot stickers and a marker.  Each dot stood for one pillow, and we sorted them and graphed them by color.

Math Play - Graphing for Early Learners

 

This really took the idea of counting up a few notches. Not only could we find out how many pillows we have total, but we could also find out our most common color, and our least common color(s). This could be done with all sorts of things in our house, and as we become more advanced we can practice some adding strategies.

Have you done any early measurement and data graphing at home? Please feel free to share!

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