Have you gone mini-eraser crazy? We cannot get enough of mini-erasers at our house. Even though we already have come up with tons of ways to use mini-erasers, there’s always something new to learn! This time, we used insect mini-erasers to count and make mini-eraser bar graphs. My preschooler thought this activity was the coolest thing ever, and I was pretty pleased with the results as well! The mini-erasers make counting activities a lot more fun for preschoolers.
One word of warning: since the erasers are small and could post a choking risk, only use them with kids who won’t put them in their mouths.
MATERIALS NEEDED FOR MINI ERASER BAR GRAPHS:
Before starting this activity, make sure your erasers will fit in your graph paper squares. You want the squares to be large enough to fit one of the erasers inside. 1/2 to one inch squares are about right for the insect erasers.
I lined up each kind of eraser next to a square to indicate where they should go on the paper.
I then had my daughter take out a handful of random erasers.
The goal of our project was to count how many of each type of eraser was in a handful. We then repeated the exercise 3 times to see if our results were similar or different each time.
My daughter took out the erasers one by one and lined them up in the appropriate section. She loves mini-erasers and sorting, so this activity was right up her alley.
After sorting, we counted how many of each type of insect was in the handful.
I mixed up the insects again and we got a new handful and repeated the project.
My daughter thought this activity was the best thing ever and probably would have repeated it 100 times if we had the time!
We also talked about the types of insects that were in the eraser bundle while we were playing together, so it was several lessons in one.