Hot Chocolate Mug Graphing Activity
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It’s hot chocolate season in our house. I am much happier in the summer months because I don’t like the cold, but when it’s cold outside, a warm blanket, a fire in the fireplace, and a cup of hot chocolate make everything all nice and cozy.
We have not completed a graphing activity in a while so I decided we would do some hot chocolate graphing. I created a printable for graphing hot chocolate mugs. On one sheet, there are rows of small hot chocolate mugs which need to be cut out. On the other sheet is where the child actually completes the graph.
I work with young preschool children so I cut out the mugs for them. The mugs are small, the squares are tiny, and there are a lot of them, so I pre-cut them. If you are working with older preschoolers or Kindergarteners, they can probably cut out the mugs on their own. Allowing children to cut as much as possible improves those small motor skills.
After I cut out all the mugs, I distributed them to the children unevenly. You want each child to have a different number of each color.
Here are three of our completed graphs.
Ask the children to count the red mugs, then the yellow mugs, the blue mugs, and so on. Then, compare the graph bars. As the child which color is taller, shorter, and which ones are in the middle. Ask questions such as which stack of mugs is taller, the green or the blue? Which stack only has three mugs? Which stack has 8 mugs? How many mugs will you have if you add the white mugs and the black mugs together?
Use this learning activity to teach color recognition, counting, making comparisons, and addition.
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If you prefer not to cut out all the mugs, especially if you are working with a larger number of children, consider using colored candies which coordinate with the colors on the mugs. It would be super cute if you could find colored marshmallows (or maybe you know a great way to color them?).
Before gluing on the mugs, you can use them to complete patterns. You can also allow the kids to practice sorting by placing the mugs into piles by color – or they can sort them into actual mugs.
When you’re all done with your hot chocolate activities. Celebrate all that learning by having a cup of hot chocolate!