In my class, we make several floor graphs during the year by placing real objects on the graph and counting them to see which has the most, least, or same amount. Object graphs are a great way to introduce graphing to young children.
My floor graph was purchased from an educational supply company, but these can also be made with a shower curtain and electrical tape.
Here are a few of the object graphs we have made.
Gingerbread Man Graph
Children take one bite from a gingerbread man cookie and graph it into a column according to which part they bit: arm, leg, or head.
Children choose a people figure from the block center, and we graph how many boys and girls are in our class.
Mitten or Glove Graph
Children bring their mittens or gloves from home and we graph them.
Children collect one leaf and we graph them by color or type.