## This Halloween, let’s get counting!

Halloween and math activities are a natural combination. Think of all the counting, sorting and classifying opportunities there are when your child brings home his haul of trick-or-treat candy! Halloween is a holiday that all children love and I am sure they will also love working with these colorful and fun Halloween math worksheets.

There are several counting worksheets in this group. Help reinforce your child’s skill with one-to-one correspondence by reminding him to touch each picture one time as he counts aloud. On the first counting sheet, where pictures are provided in boxes, encourage your child to move his finger from left to right as he counts, since this is the direction his eyes must travel when he’s learning to read. Also, ask your child to identify the numbers on the page before he begins counting.

The graphing pages are perfect practice for the candy sorting that is sure to follow trick-or-treating on Halloween. (I remember my children sorting their candy immediately into piles according to their favorites and the pile of “least favorite candy” was used for trading with siblings, of course!) I suggest beginning with the pictograph page, which allows children to hold each cut picture and place it in the correct column. The bar graph page asks children to mark each picture with an X and then mark another X in the appropriate column. Halloween is the perfect holiday for conducting a personal poll, using the blank bar graph sheets. Perhaps your child is curious about people’s favorite Halloween candy or Halloween costume. Another fun polling question might be: “Would you prefer to trick-or-treat or stay home and pass out the candy?”

The patterns page challenges children to identify and then complete three different patterns. Sometimes it is easier for children to see the pattern if it is isolated on the page, so feel free to fold the paper to reveal just one row at a time. Cut the pictures as the bottom of the page, but set them aside. Allow your child to identify the missing picture first and then find that cut square to complete the pattern. Often, seeing all of the choices can be a bit confusing.

The ordinals worksheet offers practice with counting using ordinal words (first, second, third, etc.) and also provides auditory processing practice. When your child counts aloud, remind him to start with the picture on the left side of the page and move to the right.  Lastly, the addition sheets provide opportunities to practice counting and number writing as well as addition skills. Again, folding the page to reveal one line at a time is often helpful for young children.

Have a fun, exciting and safe Halloween with your little one!