Candy, candy everywhere! If your house is like ours, your house started collecting Halloween candy before the official day even arrived. Take advantage of your child’s attention to their candy and “play” with it. Here are 7 ways you can use your candy to help promote learning.
Use the candy to create words. If you have a beginner speller, this is a great opportunity to have them practice sounding out the words as they are “writing” them. If anything, you can have them just write their name or practice the ABCs. My daughter loved this!
My children love knowing how many pieces of candy they have collected. You can count the total, count each individual piece or count each individual pile from when they were separated. This is a great way to practice counting to 100, something my Kindergartner is practicing everyday. For more advanced counters separate and count by 10s as far as they can go.
Practice number recognition by using the candy to write the numbers and find the same number of pieces of candy to go with it.
Separate all the candy by colors. For a more advanced activity, you can name them all and practice spelling them out loud.
Use the candy to practice basic math, like addition. You can use basic math like, “1 starburst + 1 starburst = 2 Starburst” or for more advanced little mathematicians you can use the candy to create word problems, like, “Sally has 2 bags of M&Ms and Jim has one. How many bags do they have all together?”
Size and Shape
Separate pieces of candy by size and/or shape. This is a great way to practice greater than/less than by size, too.
Play a Game
Use a dice to play a game with all that candy and if you can make it a nice competition between siblings or parent and child, it adds to the fun. Have the player roll the dice and add that number in pieces of candy to their pile. First one to reach 100 wins.
This is just a small list of all the things you can do with your candy stash. If it is going to be in the house, you might as well get some education use out of the candy, right?