Create Venn Diagrams with Your Child

Experimenting with Venn diagrams is a fantastic way to support children as they identify, organise and record information logically in a visual way.

Introducing Venn Diagrams

We recently had fun playing with Venn diagrams using plastic animals and our whiteboard.

We began by drawing a Venn Diagram, consisting of three large overlapping circles, on the whiteboard. Each circle within the Venn diagram was given one of the following labels:

• eats plants
• can swim
• has fur.

Placing plastic animals within the Venn diagram

The boys were encouraged to place plastic animals in the appropriate part of the circles. For example, a bear was placed in the middle of all the interlapping circles as it fitted into all the descriptions (eats plants, can swim, has fur) while a whale could only be placed in one circle (can swim).

Placing plastic animals within the Venn diagram

Venn diagrams are a fantastic way to help children visually group items/concepts according to characteristics.

Placing plastic animals within the Venn diagram

This activity promoted quite a bit of discussion as everyone had to think, talk and decide together where each animal needed to be placed. In this way, social skills were needed to listen and communicate with one another.

We hope to use Venn diagrams more in the weeks and months to come. Who knew grouping and sorting could be so much fun!

Placing plastic animals within the Venn diagram

If you use Venn diagrams with your children, we'd love to hear about your Venn diagram experiences. Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.

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