Teach your child the similarities and differences between “things” (i.e. animals, people, objects, the list goes on!) by simply using two circles that overlap – aka the famous Venn diagram. Invented by John Venn in 1880, these diagrams allow your kiddo to easily picture the relationships between different groups of “things.” This graphic is beneficial for both concrete and abstract ideas.
Follow the steps below to create a Venn diagram:
1) Choose what “things” you want to compare and contrast. It can range from movies to recipes to animals. To spice up the idea of a Venn diagram, use our Safari Ltd® replicas! For example, let’s use the trumpet and the French horn from our Musical Instruments TOOB®.
2) Draw two circles side by side that overlap each other. See the photo below.
3) Label the items being compared above each circle. In this case, you would add “Trumpet” above the left circle and “French Horn” above the right circle.
4) List the distinct characteristics of the trumpet on the left circle that is not overlapping. To find out information about the trumpet, start with visiting SafariLtd.com and check out our educational information for the Musical Instruments TOOB®. Here, we can add to the Venn diagram that the trumpet has the highest pitch range of the brass family and is among the oldest of instruments. Repeat this for the French Horn on the right circle that is not overlapping.
5) In the middle, list the characteristics of the trumpet and French horn that are the same. For example, they are both in the brass family.
Now, your Venn diagram will look something like this:
With Safari Ltd® replicas, the number of Venn diagrams you can make are endless! This educational (and fun!) activity will allow you to compare and contrast several different animals, dinosaurs, dragons and more!
Which Safari Ltd® replicas would you like to compare and contrast in a Venn diagram with your kiddo?
Posted on Friday, December 21st 2012