This is a revised article I previously published at Suite101.com in October 2008, originally titled “Spooky Halloween Math Games.”
It is now October, and Halloween is fast approaching! Coming up with some fun Halloween math activities and games for preschoolers will keep the kids busy learning math while enjoying the Halloween holiday season. See the Halloween activity ideas below for five great, spooky number games that can be incorporated into the preschool lesson this Halloween!
Halloween Candy Corn Math Counting Game
Halloween activities with candy corn are very popular in October. One of the best math activities with candy corn is simply to fill multiple jars of different sizes with the autumn candy. Then have a contest to see who can come the closest to guessing how many candy corns are in each jar. Older children can help count the candy when this fun Halloween math game is done and can learn about the concepts of volume and size. Younger children can be guided into discussions about size comparison and which jar holds the most candy versus the least.
For more candy corn ideas, see my blog post on Candy Corn Activities for Kids.
Halloween Geometry - Spooky Halloween Arts & Crafts Shapes
Halloween geometry lessons are easy with an arts & crafts math game that uses a host of spooky shapes. Cut circles, ovals, triangles, and squares out of construction paper and place in a witch’s hat. Ask children to pick out five shapes each and create a Halloween arts & crafts creature by gluing the shapes onto paper and adding details with crayons, glitter glue, and other arts & crafts supplies. For preschool children, provide patterns of bats, spiders, or pumpkins to follow, and supply the shapes needed to complete the spooky shapes.
Preschool Halloween Sports Number Game
Use bones to play a Halloween version of basketball. Get wooden-shaped bones at the craft store and embellish them with paint or markers. Have children take turns throwing ten bones into a box decorated like a coffin. Then help them figure out how many bone-baskets they got in. Keep track of all the children’s scores and who got the most. Play another round of bone basketball to determine the winner if there is a tie. Older children can be asked to make a subtraction equation, to figure out how many bones they did not get in by subtracting their score from ten. They can also do addition problems by playing the Halloween math game several times and adding their scores.
Halloween Math Activity Using Graphs
Fill a paper bag to the halfway mark with different plastic Halloween bugs or other small creatures. Try to have at least four different types of spooky critters for this game. Taking turns, have the kids pick spiders out one by one, and keep a tally of how many of each Halloween creature they pick. After the activity, show the children how they can compare their tallies visually using different types of graphs (bar, line, pie, etc.) Recording sheets can be prepared ahead of time.
Halloween Preschool Addition Game
Purchase several small, hollow plastic pumpkins and attach Velcro or sticky paper in a crisscross pattern around the diameter. Make a dartboard with a large piece of fuzzy felt glued to cardboard and use glitter to mark the circles and score amounts. Play darts by having children throw their pumpkins at the dartboard and count up their points. For small children, make the point amounts little and have them play until they reach five.
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