• Target Age3-6
  • Learning GoalsTools & Measurements
  • Related EpisodeEpisode 101: The Sticker Chart


Collect data in your home, then display it on a chart.

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  • A large piece of paper or posterboard
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • If you’re doing this at home, you’ll need to find a few people willing to talk about their favorite fruit or vegetable
  • Photos of each person (optional)


  1. Draw a line down the middle of the paper, from top to bottom.
  2. Draw or paste a photo of each person in the first column. You can also write names if those are meaningful to children. Use both names and pictures for children who don’t read yet.
  3. Ask each person to name their favorite fruit (or vegetable). Feel free to limit people’s choices to fruits that are easy to draw!
  4. Across from each person’s picture or name, draw a picture of that fruit.
  5. Have children think of a title or name for your chart. “Our Favorite Fruits” is one possibility.
  6. Go over the data with children. Ask questions about different people and their favorites so that children can practice reading the chart.

Talk About It

Look for examples of charts in the world around you. Talk to children about the kind of information each one displays. You don't have to go into a whole lot of detail. The main idea is to give children examples of how charts are useful in everyday life.

Take It Further

  • Depending on the data you collected, you can bring math into your discussion. For example, you can talk about how many people like bananas or whether more people like grapes or apples.
  • This is a very simple example of a chart, but the thinking required is useful when kids start encountering more complicated graphs.

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