Spring is in the air, and I am starting to see some baby cows on my drive home from work each day. My students also love to tell me if they passed any on the bus ride. Let’s just say farm animals are a hit right now! As usual, I love to turn these interests into fun learning activities for my kids! Since we are working on building up our graphing skills, this spin and graph farm animal game is a great way to get graphing practice in, while having fun too.
Graphing Farm Animals
This activity is perfect for math workshop, in small groups, or even as an independent whole group activity to introduce graphing and recording data. It is super easy to get ready!
All you need for each child is:
- a copy of the printable (below)
- a pencil
- a paperclip
- plastic farm animals or farm animal stickers (optional)
- dry erase pockets (optional)
That’s it! I typically use these types of activities in our math workshop bins for kids to choose from, so I have all the supplies in there for them to grab easily.
They use the pencil and paperclip to create a makeshift spinner. Put the tip of the pencil in the paperclip, give it a flick, and see where it lands! They always love this. Something about flicking the paperclip is so exciting when you are young! (Ok, I guess I enjoy it too!)
Once they land on a farm animal, they color or mark a square above that animal with an x. I always have them play until one column reaches the top. That animal is then declared “the winner!”
Other Ways to Play
You could make this game last even longer (and save paper too!) by placing it inside a plastic dry erase pocket. Then you can either have kids mark the squares with a dry erase marker, or use fun farm themed foam stickers or plastic toys to mark the spots!
This just gives it a whole new twist that is so engaging! I typically play a paper version first to teach the game, then I switch to having this version in math bins for awhile so that they can play multiple times. Plus, the foam stickers have a backing on them, so we just don’t peel it, and use them as markers instead!
Get Your Copy
Ready to spin and graph farm animals? Grab your copy of this graphing printable HERE and get spinning! Then, carry over the farm themed fun to writing by using those farm stickers (or any stickers) to create Sticker Stories!
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