Halloween is coming up, which every child is understandably excited for. Costumes, candy, trick-or-treating, and of course, math games — what more can you ask for?
Your kids might not immediately think that math and Halloween go together, but this is a perfect time to practice some skills from school at home — and have fun while they’re at it! Building in academics is a sound way to build curiosity and a love for learning, and there are always opportunities to make this happen. Plus, if you’re worried that your child’s math grades are going to be a bit frightening, these activities might be a great way to help them continue growing in their skills.
These math games will work best with elementary-aged children, but are easily adaptable for all grades. Have a happy Halloween, and look into enrollment with our Loveland charter school today!
Math Skills Addressed: Data, counting, making a chart/graph
Take a bunch of candy, either from a bag or from buckets after trick-or-treating, and help your child graph the candies that are present in the group. Help them make a prediction, like “which candy do you think there will be more of: KitKats, or Reeses?” Then, use fun colors and posterboard to start counting and graphing the results! Make sure you come back to the original hypothesis and make a comparison statement, such as “We predicted that [Candy A] would have the most and [Candy B] would have the least. Our results showed that _____. We were (right about Candy B and off by two on Candy A, etc.).”
Math Skills Addressed: Counting, estimating, grouping, multiplication
Pour a bag of M&Ms into a clear glass jar, or pour it between a few containers of different sizes. Talk about estimating strategies with your kids, considering things like the shape of the jar and how many M&Ms are in one smaller section. Help them make their estimates, then once everyone’s ready, wash hands and count ‘em up! You could make it a game where the winner gets the jar of M&Ms, but if your kids are too competitive, it’s more than fine to split it evenly amongst the family — over the next few days, of course!
Math Skills Addressed: Geometry, symmetry, shapes, lines, angles
Provide your kids with construction paper and shape tracers, such as triangles, squares, circles, rectangles, and trapezoids. For older kids, such as those in 3rd-5th grade, they can make their own shapes and cut them out, and should have a general idea of each of these shapes. Younger kids might need to work with pre-cut shapes, but should still be able to identify most of the shapes. Next, let them create their own monster by gluing shapes together. Afterwards, they can practice their writing and math skills by summarizing how they made their monster (“I used three triangles for my monster’s three noses”) or creating a short story.
Our Loveland charter school believes that learning can and should happen at every turn, but it should be fun and creative along the way. Enjoy these crafts and games with your kids, and have a great Halloween season!