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I was never the best at math. I’ll be the first to admit to that. However, my preschooler is starting to show some interest in STEAM and STEM. One of the areas that she loves? Counting and making charts. No, these charts aren’t exactly perfect. But, she’s learning. Besides, she’s only 4 so I can’t expect anything grand.

One way that I can help my preschooler learn basic graphing skills is by utilizing real life situations. For example, we like to collect Box Tops for Education for her older sister’s school.

Graphing Skills with Real Life Examples

Your local grocery store, or wherever you do your grocery shopping, is chock full of real life examples for Math.

For instance, counting fruit, counting the colors of fruit. Counting cereal types, comparing box sizes. The possibilities really are endless!

But how do you extend this into your home?


You can have your child help with counting the items as you put them away. Stacking boxes into your pantry or fridge. Sorting things by size.

You can also have your child point out shapes:

My preschooler was quick to point out the rectangle of the Box Top on top of this box of Honey Nut Cheerios™ and she also mentioned that the cereal box itself was a large rectangle.

Our impromptu math lesson continued later in the day with our afternoon snack of Pillsbury™ Toaster Strudel™:

Again, she noticed the rectangle shapes (and the happy face after telling me that I did not put the frosting on correctly!).

Other easy ways to incorporate math with real life situations? Creating a bar graph out of the box tops saved and the money that is earned for your child’s school.

In our case, we like to support my older daughter’s school. She attends a private school for individuals on the autism spectrum. They’ve been a huge help for us since she started there and I try to look for ways to give back whenever I can.

Even though it may not seem like a lot initially, in the end it all adds up.

And now, with our new chart, we can see exactly how much we’re earning each month.

Earn even more cash to help your school get what it needs through the Box Tops for Education® Bonus App. Find it on Apple iTunes or the Google Play Store. Turn your everyday receipts into cash for your school. It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:

    • Buy: Find offers. Buy Products.
    • Scan: Scan your receipt.
    • Earn Watch earnings stack up.

You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in combination with the on-pack Box Tops clips and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.

We purchase our Box Top products at WalMart:

Buy 5 participating items + Scan receipt with Box Tops Bonus App = Earn $5 (50 Bonus Box Tops)

  • Offer available through 1/31/18

Then you can keep track of them with the handy printable chart <— (click to download)

How would you use Box Tops?

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Digital Product Creator at Kori at Home
Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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