Ducks 'n a Row: M&M Math - Candy Graphing For Kids Using M&Ms

25 January 2016

M&M Math - Candy Graphing For Kids Using M&Ms

Math Graphing Activity for Kids! This beginner graphing activity teaches children how to use a graph in a delicious way - CANDY! Remarkably, my preschoolers did NOT eat theirs. Amazing! Of course, I told them not to but no one even sneaked any. What a good bunch of kiddos I have in my classroom...

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My students did get to take theirs home with them along with their graph so that they could practice with their parents. Somewhere along the line those M&M's had to have been eaten!


Of course, other candies or colored cereal can be used for this fun graphing activity but I am partial to M&M's and this free printable was made just for them!

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Teach your little ones math with colorful M&M's
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What You Will Need
White cardstock
Color printer
M&M's milk chocolate candies
Small paper cups
Plastic Wrap


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I pre-labeled each cup with the child's name.
The plastic wrap is to seal it up for them to take their candy home.



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How To Teach It
  • Print a copy of the graph in color on white cardstock- one for each child.
  • Pour some M&M's in a small paper cup - one cup per child.
  • Sit your students down at a table with their graph and candies.
  • Explain to them that they should sort through their candies and place a line of candies on the same bar of the color they are holding. i.e. green M&M's go on the green line, red on red and so forth.
  • Have them count how many greens, how many blues, how many reds.
So, your little ones just got a "taste" (pardon the pun) of how to use and read a graph plus a counting exercise - with a snack afterward!

What other ways can you think of to use this graphing activity with young children?

I told you that I love M&M's right? Well, when I looked into their history I found it so fascinating that I wrote about it!

The History of M&M's 


This year I made snowman cookies for a movie night party. 
M&M's were the
buttons for the snowman tummies!



Snowman Cookie Recipe


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