Setting up a simple hands-on car graphing activity, using their favorite toys, is a great way to introduce this important math concept to your pre schooler. Cars are big news around here right now, so we gathered ours altogether and set about making a graph on a Bubble Wrap Road, to work on color sorting and comparing less and more.

This car graphing bubble wrap activity is a super fun way to learn about graphing!!

How to set up a Bubble Wrap Road Graph

Tape a large sheet of Bubble Wrap to the floor or a table top would work just as well.

Along the horizontal-axis add the numbers 1-10, use a car to help measure the correct distance between each car.

Get a full-year of math activities

A full-year of kindergarten math activities: perfect for small groups, partner activities and independent centers.

Along the vertical-axis use crayons or colored stickers to mark out each of the colors that you are going to be measuring.

Park all of your cars up alongside the horizontal axis and get ready to start driving them down the Bubble Wrap Road.

This car graphing bubble wrap activity is a super fun way to learn about graphing!!

Color Sorting on the Bubble Wrap Road Graph

Ask your child to drive each of their cars in turn down the Bubble Wrap Road and park them up in the corresponding colored line.

Work together with them if they are starting to struggle. A few of our cars have several different colors on them, so we did have some debate over which line they should go in. We went the color they had the most of. (This turned out to be a  handy way to introduce the final part of the activity.)

This car graphing bubble wrap activity is a super fun way to learn about graphing!!

Comparing Less Than and More Than using the Graph Results

Once we had all of the cars parked up in their correct lines, we could then start to use the different data sets to work on another important math concept, comparing less than and more than.

We began by counting each of the lines to see how many red cars we had and then moved along through each of the colors.

Once we had completed all of the data sets, I asked the following questions:

  • Which colored cars do we have the most of?
  • Which colored cars do we have the least of?
  • Do we have more red or yellow cars?
  • Which color car do we have less of white or blue?

Our Favorite Graphing Resources:

We can’t live without these!

Once your child’s creativity is sparked with this fun activity, take it a step further with these engaging resources:

More from our Shop

Find even more engaging activities in the Life Over C’s shop!

transportation theme car graphing on a bubble wrap road

Planning for a Transportation Theme? We’ve done all the work for you!

We now have interactive thematic lesson plans for toddlers (18-35 months) AND preschoolers (3-5 years)! Get ready for fun and learning with unit lesson plans for your TRANSPORTATION THEME. Explore a variety of themed hands-on activities! Easy to follow lesson plans include activity modifications and adaptations to meet the needs of all learners. For more information, click on the graphics below:

text saying [want more activities? Click to try these!]

Similar Posts