Learning to create and use graphs is an important math skill—especially in grades 1-3. Help your child learn more about your family while she practices her graphing skills. You’ll need paper, pencil, crayons, and lots of willing family members.

Choose an inherited family characteristic—for example, eye color. Have your child count the number of people in the family who have different eye colors. How many blue eyes are there? Brown?

Now have your child represent the information on a graph. For example, if three people have blue eyes, draw three eyes in a horizontal line. Do the same for the other eye colors.

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