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Math Doesn't Have to be Spooky

Oct 23, 2018

At the Math Learning Center, we don’t know too many kids that don’t love candy. So why not create a few fun math activities this month with all of the Halloween sweets you have around the house.

You might be surprised to learn that candy math and the nature of hands-on learning does a great job helping kids to visualize and understand math. Soon, those troublesome topics will become much easier all while having fun.

To get you started, we’ve listed a few games that will have your little ghost or goblin begging for more math!

Candy Corn Comparison – Use candy corn to practice greater than / less than skills.

Hershey Kisses Memory Game – Using a Sharpie, place an adding/subtraction/multiplication/division equation on the bottom of each Hershey Kiss. Make sure you also put the corresponding answers on the other Kisses, and you now have a fun memory game.

Skittles – Skittles can be used for a variety of STEM lessons including measurement, graphing, probability, estimation and more.

Open a Candy Shop – Use play money (or real) and have your child set prices and sell you some of her candy. This is a fun way to minimize her Halloween stash while learning the value of money.

Starburst Mosaics – Use the beauty of the starburst candies to create art by practicing patterning.

Measure Volume with Candy Bars – Determine the volume of various candy bars by measuring length, width, and height.

Geometry with Twizzlers – When it comes to a rhombus, rectangle, parallelogram, and other geometric terms, have your child create the shapes with Twizzlers.

From all of us at Mathnasium, we hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!!