Do you own pattern blocks? Besides the usual activity of making pattern pictures with them, we have used them to make simple graphs. Grab a handful of pattern blocks and sort them. Then line them up as shown in the photograph and count them. Discuss, which shape is there more of? Which shape is there the least of? Are there the same amounts of any shapes?
Here is another idea for a pre-graphing activity.
If you don’t own pattern blocks, don’t worry. You can accomplish the same sort of thing by grabbing a handful of Chex mix. Or mix three or four different kinds of cereals or crackers in a big bowl and then grab a handful of that.
When math is edible, it’s even more fun!