Apples: Bar Graph for Preschoolers

We’re on an apple-picking spree here on the East Coast! It’s only mid-September and the kids and I have been to the apple orchard three times already.  After our most recent visit, we stopped by the farm store with one of Jasper’s buddies and took advantage of the vast apple selection to tally the apple varieties by color to create our first bar graph at home. While we did this activity in the farm’s market, you could do this at a grocery store, or even within an orchard.

Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

Craft/Activity/Snack: Apple Color Bar Graph
Objective: Introduce graphing through a basic color identification activity
Skills Utilized: number recognition, color identification, counting, numerical values, introductory graphing, controlled coloring, following directions.
Suggested Reading: Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss / Theo LeSieg
Materials: A tally sheet – see below, a bar graph – see below, and red, yellow and green markers or crayons (in addition to a location with a variety of apples to inspect). A clipboard is also helpful while at the market. Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

While I drew our worksheets on the morning of, I realize not everyone wants to do that so I put together a couple printable images for you to use:

While at the market, we asked the boys to identify each of the apple varieties by color.Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

Obviously, a ton of apples are a blend of 2+ colors:Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

…So we gave them the freedom to decide how it should be classified and helped them make tally marks in the appropriate field. Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

And COME ON. Does an almost three-year-old with a clipboard making notes not just make you melt into a puddle or is it just me?!

When we made it through the aisle of apples, Jasper was quite pleased with his list:

Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

At home, we got to work on our bar graph while chowing down on some delicious Honeycrisp and Gala apples.Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

We talked the basics of graphing – essentially how it creates a visual using data we collect. In this case, the data was the tally marks indicating the amount of apple varieties in a specific color and our graph would lay out a quick way for us to view which color was most bountiful, which was least, etc.

Jasper counted each tally mark and carefully colored the corresponding blocks on his graphTurn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

I am really impressed by how well he tried to stay within the lines:Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

Since we were planning to hang this on the wall, I made the executive decision to outline each bar with marker so the bars would be visible while we chatted about it. How many kinds of apples were yellow? Which color did you find only one apple? Which color had the most apples? Etc. Turn your next apple picking experience or market visit into a MATH experience for your preschooler with this beginner bar graph activity - Crafternoon Playdate

Ways to expand upon this project:

  1. Taste test a gala (red) apple, granny smith (green) apple, and golden delicious (yellow) apple with a group – create a graph showcasing the favorite variety of each person
  2. Create a bar graph based on the colors of the rainbow and tally items in the produce department under each hue
  3. Introduce your child to a pie chart using the same concept of this project… and make an apple pie

Happy apple picking, apple shopping, and apple tasting!

Illustrated Avatar Jess

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