Working with math in three dimensions is fun, as you'll see with these 3-D cereal graphs. This easy science activity for kids also shows how simple it is to make a graph with objects as well as numbers. Just be sure not to eat all the cereal before you're done graphing with it!
What You'll Need:
- Cereal with different colors or shapes
- Large sheets of paper
- Markers or colored pencils
Step 1: Pour out a handful of cereal, and estimate (or guess) which color is the most common. (No counting allowed.)
Step 2: Arrange the cereal in rows according to color.
Step 3: Place the rows side by side onto a sheet of paper.
Step 4: Now look at the graph to see which color of cereal was most common. Was your estimate correct?
Step 5: Will another handful produce the same results? Try the same project a few more times to see, and write down the results.
The same graphing exercise can be done with snack crackers, sorting by shape. For a more challenging option, try a bag of assorted dried beans or a bag of pasta in different shapes or colors.
How good is your memory? Find out with the activity on the next page, a memory test based on what you see in a room.