Math Crafts – Graphing Sticker Pictures

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rooster farm graph

This is a Let’s Read Math activity about beginning graphing.  It was inspired by the book Rooster’s Off to See the World, by Eric Carle.  Ultimately, this activity involves sorting, classifying, making pictures and graphs, and interpreting graphs made by other children.

In the story book, Rooster gets bored of the barnyard and decides to leave the farm and go see the world.  He takes some animal friends with him, and each page of the book has a small picto-graph, showing each kind of animal lined up in a row, so you can see how many frogs, cats, and other animals are currently part of the adventure.  It was natural to follow up with a lesson about graphing.

The lesson involves making a sticker picture, then making a bar graph to represent the data in the picture.  Since the book was about farm animals, we made pictures and graphs using animal stickers on a barnyard scene.  Then we counted the animals in the picture to make a graph representing how many animals were on the farm.  Click below for downloads:

If you had fun with this activity, go through your sticker collection and think of other kinds of graphs you can make!  One idea would be to make a zoo picture or a jungle picture and put different kinds of jungle animals in the picture.  To make your graph interesting, though, try to have different numbers of each kind of sticker, not the same number.  (For example, it will be a boring graph if your zoo picture has exactly 6 lions, 6 tigers, 6 monkeys, 6 alligators, 6 ostriches, and 6 giraffes!)


  • Draw roadways and use stickers of different kinds of vehicles.  Then count cars by type, or by color.
  • Draw a garden and use stickers of different kinds of flowers.
  • Draw a sky and use stickers of different kinds of aircraft.
  • Draw a desolate scene and use stickers of different kinds of dinosaurs.
  • Draw a living room and use stickers of different kinds of cats.

rooster cat pic

rooster cat graph

Another idea would be to sort some stickers by making a picto-graph.  Then turn the picto-graph into a bar graph, so you can see that the same number of items are represented in both kinds of graphs.

rooster horn picgraph

rooster horn bargraph


How many instruments in all?

How many French horns? Drums? Saxophones? Trumpets?

Were there more drums or trumpets?  How many more?

Were there fewer saxophones or French horns?  How many fewer?

How many brass instruments were there in all?  (French horns + trumpets + saxophones)


  • Downloadables of the blank farm picture, the little farm animals, and the blank graph
  • Blank paper for making your own sticker pictures
  •  Stickers to make into a sticker picture or picto-graph of your own
  •  One-inch graph paper.
  •  Blank paper to write about your picture and graph.
  •  Crayons, pencils or markers for drawing or writing.

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Purchase a Rooster Lesson Packet on the Let’s Read Math website.  It includes the book, lesson outline, stickers, and worksheets  (including one-inch graph paper for making your own graphs).

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