Paper Activities

Intersecting Circles

The Venn diagram shows what two groups have in common.
The Venn diagram shows what two groups have in common.

This paper activity for kids isn't just fun -- it's an introduction to an important tool in science and mathematics!

What You'll Need:

  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Step 1: To make a Venn diagram, draw 2 overlapping circles on a piece of paper

Step 2: Cut out pictures from an old magazine to sort into groups. Try having kids choose one kind of picture to start with, such as pictures of animals, clothing, toys, etc.

Think of two different qualities to use for sorting the pictures. For example, animal pictures could be separated into two groups: animals with tails and animals with spots. Or clothing pictures could be divided into clothing with pockets and clothing with buttons.

Step 3: Place one group of pictures in the first circle and the other group in the other circle.

Step 4: Use the overlap section in the middle of the circles for pictures that fit both groups (animals that have tails and spots, clothing that has pockets and buttons).

The Venn diagram is complete! Glue the pictures in place to complete the diagram.

Kids can also try drawing and illustrating their own invented categories instead of using magazine pictures, sorting canceled stamps into Venn diagrams, or making a 3-circle Venn diagram with 3 categories that overlap!

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