Starburst® Graph

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In this activity, learners use Starburst® candy to sort, classify, compare, and graph. Learners grab a handful of one-inch candy squares, sort them by color, graph the candy, and discuss the results.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Starburst® candies
  • Crayons the same color as the candy
  • 1" graph


  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Designed specifically for

  • Limited English proficiency

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Latino

    • Explicity developed for this group


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Para los Ninos


  • All rights reserved, Children's Museum of Houston, 2004

Funding Sources:

  • Target
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • The Powell Foundation
  • The Brown Foundation
  • Bank of America