Kindergarten Worksheets > Holiday Themes > Halloween math
Halloween is a particularly fun holiday for young children, filled with candy and fun costumes. Having engaged and excited children is a perfect time reinforce important math concepts, since the variety of candy and costumes are perfect for counting, sorting, and other math activities. The following Halloween math worksheets will give your child a fun way to practice important math skills.
Halloween math worksheets are a perfect seasonal activity
In kindergarten math classes, manipulatives (small items that can be easily touched and manipulated) are a very common way to introduce abstract concepts. These manipulatives can be used for counting, addition and subtraction, sorting, graphing, and many other uses. With the wide variety of different candies your child is likely to gather on Halloween, coupled with the wide variety of costume options, Halloween lends itself well to math activities.
Additional math activities to supplement the Halloween math worksheets
Sorting and classifying with a Halloween theme is fun and educational. Bags of Brach's Mellowcream candy in four colors and eight shapes are perfect for sorting. Also, there are lots of different ways to sort those candy pieces and you child can compare and discuss his strategies for sorting.
In the days leading up to trick-or-treating, your child can begin completing some Halloween math activities. Using a blank graph template, your child can write in some of his favorite costumes (ghost, witch, princess, etc.) and then take a poll of friends or family members to see what each person will be dressing up as. Each time your child receives a response, he will need to mark off one square on his graph.
Also, in the days leading up to Halloween, encourage your child to sort or graph the bowl of candy you have set aside to hand out to trick-or-treaters that come to your home. Challenge your child to put all the chocolate candies in one bowl and all the gummy candies in another. Or, you can ask him to create a graph of the candy you have to give out, by counting how many of each candy you have in your bowl.
After Halloween, the graphing fun can continue. The trick-or-treat loot your child will collect is perfect for another graphing activity. After trick-or-treating has ended, give your child a blank graphing sheet and ask him to pick four to six of their favorite candies. He can paste one empty wrapper under the respective column on his graph to represent the candy. Then direct him to count the amount of that type of candy that he collected and mark the correct number of boxes. After he is done with this Halloween math activity, challenge him to discuss his results by noting which candy he received the most of, which candy he received the least of, and if there are any candies that he received the same amount of.