Data and statistics are about collecting information and analyzing it. Your toddler or preschooler can start learning these critical-thinking skills by categorizing and comparing objects and toys.
Try categorizing by colors, size, and type.
Here is an example of blocks sorted by color. Stack objects together to start modeling graphs, or visuals.
Have your child count each category.
The most important step working with data is the “So What?” This is where kids learn to think and analyze critically.
For a younger child, try asking these questions:
- Which category has the most? The least?
- Why do you think there is more of one than the other?
- Is there a category that doesn’t seem to belong?
- Are we missing any that we didn’t organize?
These questions will later turn into analyzing questions such as:
- What will “typically” happen (measured by mean, median, and mode)?
- What variables or factors would cause one category to be more or least common?
- Is there important data not included?
- Is there an outlier, or an extremely irregular number?
Data and statistical learning doesn’t have to be for older kids. Start exploring and analyzing data early!