3 Ways to Turn Leftover Halloween Candy into Fun Math Practice

By 5minutesformom

Elementary School

Sylvan Learning partnered with 5 Minutes for Mom for this post.

Did you know you can use your child’s leftover Halloween candy to build his or her interest and confidence in math? 5 Minutes for Mom has three ways to turn your child’s abundance of leftover candy into valuable, fun math practice!

1. Candy Math

Using objects helps kids process and understand math concepts — like adding, subtracting and multiplying. And when candy is the object, it makes the learning fun and tasty! Plus, there is a built in reward.

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2. Sorting and Graphing

Kids seem to instinctively want to sort things, especially their Halloween loot! Take advantage of this opportunity by encouraging your child to sort and tally all the different kinds of treats he or she collected. How many are chocolate versus non chocolate candies? You can also have your child sort by color or shape.

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Once the candy is all sorted, have he or she create an educational graph!

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3. Apples and Pumpkin Pie Fractions

Did you know you can ease your child’s fraction anxiety by using apples and pumpkin pie to reinforce and build understanding? With adult supervision, cut an apple or pie into half. Then cut it into quarters. Then eighths. What fraction of the apple or pie is each piece? How many pieces does it take to make half of the apple or pie? A quarter of the apple or pie?

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Practicing math skills at home with fun, candy-themed activities is a great way to foster excitement and build confidence. Another way is by enrolling your child in a Sylvan EDGE program! Sylvan EDGE is an innovative STEM education program with after-school and summer programs that are not only educational, they’re tons of fun!

Sylvan’s Math Edge is a favorite program among kids. In Math Edge, your child will build the critical skills needed for higher-level math yet to come — all while having a blast. It’s a great way to build confidence, get up to grade level or jump ahead.

Sylvan also offers programs in robotics, coding and engineering! Contact your local Sylvan center for all the details on how to give your child an edge for the future!