Monday, October 31, 2011

Creative Fun with Candy

Oh, I could just cringe looking at the amount of candy that has entered our home this week.  I know- I was a kid once who loved Halloween, but it is so hard for me not to think about the amount of sugar going in their little bodies and also their poor, poor teeth. 

Anyways, I was thinking about all of this candy and how I could turn it into learning.  As a kid, I loved sorting out my candy.  For little ones this is a great activity for categorizing and counting.  Also, they can count their Hershey bars by twos, their tootsie pops by fives, and so on. How about patterns- tootsie, lolly pop, tootsie, lolly pop.  For older kids, I thought it would be fun to make a candy graph.  They can make a bar graph, tally chart, and/or pictograph and compare their data. 

How about creative sundaes?  Crumble and freeze extra chocolate/candy and use later to make your own sundaes.  Have the kids set up their own ice cream shop and serve.  What a great way to tie in learning about money with something yummy!

What ideas do you have for all of that candy that will be arriving any minute now???  Please share and Happy Halloween!  Time and go and light my lanterns!

Jen

4 comments:

Brimful Curiosities said...

You can also try some of the activities on http://www.candyexperiments.com :)

Kelly said...

These are great ideas! I think Little J would think math games with candy would be fun. Happy Halloween!

Little Wonders' Days

The Blonde Duck said...

I hope your had a great Halloween!

lisawith4 said...

my 2 girls (ages 10 and 4) spent probably close to an hour rearranging and sorting all their Halloween candy. I remember doing that as a kid too. Fun, fun!

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