Toddler Activities

Sorting, Counting, Graphing with Cars

Since N entered preschool, we have less time doing activities at home than we used to. So I would only do activities that are quick to prepare but still fun for N. N is an imaginative and energetic boy. Every day he plays with his cars and he is a car collectors.

So I stumbled upon frugal4boys.com blog who have 4 boys, she has lots of boys activities and cars of course. I decided to do similar activities by making big color graph for sorting and counting.

I thought she had a good idea! I drew some vertical lines on the big drawing paper and drew small squares for each line to make the graph.

image1Then, I told N that we need to park all the cars according to their colors. For the start, N chose to do one color first before moving on to the next color.

image2 Then, he continued to the next colors.

After sorting some of the cars, N refused to sort the rest since he has too many, I guess. But that’s okay, we continue to learn about “more and less” by asking him which color have more cars?  And which cars’ color that you have less? Then, we also count the number of cars for each color graph.

I hope I can do this activity again with different things! Can you suggest what items are good to use in this activity?

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