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equipment for several different games or sports (skates, various sports balls,
tennis racket, baseball bat, football helmet, hockey helmet, protective pads, sun
visor, baseball cap, types of sports shoes, and so on)
large chalk or wide tape


1. With the chalk or tape, make a Venn diagram (interlocking ovals) on the
ground or floor.
2. Discuss pairs of sports, encouraging the children to put all the items for one
sport on one side of the diagram, and all the items for another sport on the
other side.
3. Ask the children to put items they find in common in the middle, interlocking
space. Here's an example of tennis and baseball equipment:
* Tennis: ball, racket, tennis shoes, net, sun visor, white clothes
* Baseball: bat, glove, hat, ball, base, uniform
* Interlocking section: head coverings, balls, athletic clothing
4. Discuss how the sports' equipment and rules are both similar and different
(such as tackling or not touching, team vs. individual games).
Note: This activity can be adapted by using pictures of the articles in place of
the actual items and taping the pictures on a Venn diagram drawn on a board.
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Math/Numbers/Reasoning
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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