What Do You Love? Graphing With Art

What Do You Love? Graphing With Art lesson plan

Make magnificent magnets to use when you take a vote on Valentine's Day to find out your friend's favorites!

  • 1.

    Imagine traditional and new symbols representing Valentine's Day. Research the holiday to find its traditions.

  • 2.

    Cut a 3-inch (7 cm) square of poster board or thin recycled cardboard.

  • 3.

    On this base, design a unique, colorful symbol for Valentine's Day with Crayola Markers.

  • 4.

    Cut colorful strips of construction paper. Decorate strips with Crayola Construction Paper Crayons.

  • 5.

    Loop, fold, and twist strips into expressive 3-dimensional arrangements on the square base. Glue on strips. Air-dry flat.

  • 6.

    Attach magnet tape to the back of the base.

  • 7.

    In small groups, design surveys to determine classmates' favorite things, such as music, colors, events, or foods. Work together to create pictures for the choices in each category.

  • 8.

    Conduct your survey. Post pictures in a column on a magnetic board. Invite classmates to place their Valentine magnets in rows behind each category to record their votes.

  • 9.

    Analyze the results and report the results and your interpretations to the group in an oral summary.


  • Students examine visual, tactile, spatial, and temporal elements as they construct individual Valentine's Day symbols.
  • Children pose information questions, collect data, and record the results using keepsake Valentine's Day magnets, pictures, and picture graphs.
  • Students analyze data from their surveys and present their findings orally to the group.


  • Older students create their own pictographs of the survey information using markers or colored pencils. Each child's pictograph collection is an assessment tool.
  • Children with limited writing skills might use Crayola MiniStampers to record survey results in miniature pictographs on graph paper.
  • Conduct similar surveys for other widely celebrated holidays such as children's birthdays.