Arithmetic With Halloween Candy

© Daniel Gilbey

© Daniel Gilbey

Trying to figure out what to do with all of that leftover Halloween candy? We’ve got some great ideas for math activities that put all of that candy to use. Feel free to chow down afterwards!

  • Counting: This one is pretty basic. Have your child sort all of the candy by type, separating the piles clearly and writing down how many of each there are. A simple, but fun way to see which candy was the most common and practice counting at the same time.
  • Fractions: Building on that first step, have your child count or add up how many pieces of candy there are total. Instruct them to write a fraction for each type of candy using this number and the numbers they wrote down before. If your child is advanced enough, they can try simplifying these fractions. Otherwise, this is just a great demonstration of how fractions are the parts of a whole.
  • Categorizing: Have your child reorganize the candy based on different categories. How many of the pieces are chocolate based? How many are fruit-flavored? How many are chewy? And so on. They can create new fractions based on these categories to find the most common characteristics of their candy.
  • Math drills: Ask your child questions based on all the information they have found. How long would the candy last if they ate 1 piece every day? Two pieces? What about one a week? Ensure they’re using the math knowledge they already have so they can gain new insight based on this visual demonstration.

There you go, some fun math activities to do with all of that Halloween candy. Enjoy and be sure to check out Arithmetic on SDAccelerate. Sign up now for our free six month promo!