Candy makes everything more fun, right? Play with your candy corn stash in these Halloween math games that work on early number sense.
Halloween Math Games Set Up
The same set up works for both addition and subtraction games. Play whichever works best with your kids (or both!). You’ll need:
- 10 pieces of Halloween candy (we used candy corn and pumpkins)
- sidewalk chalk (or a paper pumpkin)
Draw a pumpkin (or just a circle, but the pumpkin makes it even more Halloweeny). Hand 10 pieces of Halloween candy to your child, and you are good to go.
Halloween Addition Game – How to Play
This game demonstrates how to join 2 sets of objects together: one set of candies inside the pumpkin circle, and the second set of candies outside.
Your student can count the candies in each set. In the picture above, there is one set of 4 and one set of 6.
Next comes joining the 2 sets together (addition!). Take one set and put it with the other — count them all up to get 10.
You can also play this with addition by adding the number of candies outside the circle to the number of candies inside the circle. Your child can write this as a number sentence. So, in the picture above that would be 4+6=10.
Halloween Subtraction Game – How to Play
Let the student count out ten pieces of candy. Then they (gently!) toss the candy into the circle.
Count how many pieces of candy landed outside the circle and subtract that number from 10. The remaining number is the number left inside the circle.
They can also write out the number sentence. For example, in the picture above, if they start with 10 candies, and 3 land outside the circle and 7 land inside the circle, they would write 10-3=7.
More Halloween learning ideas!
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