How To Use Halloween Candy For Learning

halloween candy activities for learning These 7 posts all focus on different things, counting, color matching, threading, writing, painting, and even science! I LOVE Halloween candy and I am not talking about eating it. I am talking about how effective a little novelty can be to spark your child’s interest in learning. I like doing candy related ideas after Easter and Halloween when we already have the candy and I want to USE it up. I get asked a lot when I post marshmallow crafts how I keep my kids from eating too much while playing. Well usually ( this didn’t work one time with my daughter) I set aside a small bowl with a reasonable amount of candies and tell them if they don’t eat the candy we are playing with they can have the small bowl when we are done. It usually works. An alternative could be that for every candy they sneak you remove one from their after activity stash. It’s never been a huge issue though, they are too busy having fun.

Here are 7 fun ideas for Halloween candy learning !

candy experiments from teachmama.com

Candy Experiments from Teachmama.com

Thanksgiving Math with Candy Corn

Candy Corn Counting

beading with twizzlers

Twizzlers Necklace

treat tally for halloween

Treat Tally Printable from PBS Parents <—- print this out NOW and keep count of your candy from last night!

skittle paint from teachpreschool.org

How To Make Skittle Paint from Teach Preschool

use skittles and m&ms for math

Candy Apple Trees ( great for M&Ms and Skittles!)

estimation ars filled with candy

Estimation Jars with Candy

 

How do YOU use candy for learning? Tell us and link your ideas in comments!

Easter Craft : Felt Carrot Bag

by Kim

This is not a craft you can do with your child. This is a naptime craft or something you can do with a much older child. This craft is for the little kids, not with them. This idea was inspired by this bag of candy. Too cute!

I used a piece of orange felt, green felt, green bias tape (you can use yarn or any green string), a hot glue gun, and scissors. I suggest using felt. I originally tried this with orange quilter’s cotton and it was way too thin to hot glue. If you want to sew you can use the cotton, but this is a no-sew version that anyone can do. Literally anyone.

I folded the orange felt piece and trimmed the outer edge to make a triangle.

I hot glued the open side together to make a cone.

Then I cut the green felt in half, long ways.

Next I glued the green felt piece to the orange cone. I just glued about an inch at a time and rotated my way around the entire edge of the cone.

After that I cut strips into the green section. Be sure not to go all the way down to where it connects with the orange.

I cut some holes (more like diamond shaped snips) into the cloth with scissors and threaded the biased tape through the holes. This way it will be easier to re-thread when your child pulls the string out. Which we all know is going to happen.

Fill your cone with candy, trail mix, craft supplies, or whatever goodies you choose. Tie the string together. Ta-da!

After Easter it can still be used to hold small treasures. You can make your carrot any size you wish. I am seriously considering adding a long green strap to my daughter’s to make it a carrot bag purse.

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Kim is a contributing writer for No Time For Flash Cards, a mom to a toddler, a preschooler, and a foster parent, too. She juggles her day by trying out fun activities and crafts with the kids. After all, she is just a big kid herself. See what she has been up to over at Mom Tried It.

Letter Of The Week c

Candy c

Letter of the week c

I had to do it! I believe in jumping on experiences to solidify learning, making the learning memorable and giving your child something concrete to attach to it.  This letter of the week activity is timely, and my son was excited to open the candy packages , test a few pieces but glue most on.  I liked it because it also gets rid of some of the hard candies I am still uncomfortable giving him.  Don’t miss the link to another great learning with candy activity from my FamilyEducation.com blog.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of sturdy construction paper, white glue, candy , scissors and a marker.Letter of the week c
  2. Start by writing a lowercase c ( although this could easily be used for an uppercase craft as well). For letters like c where the letter is similar in both upper and lowercase I try to make the letter small to convey the proper shape to my son. These pictures are close ups but the c actually only took up 1/2 of the page.Letter of the week c
  3. Add your glue. I was told rather forcefully that this was NOT my job, it was his and my job was to take pictures. He’s going to be fun at 14.Letter of the week c
  4. Unwrap your candy.Letter of thr week c
  5. Start adding your candy to the glue. Add more glue if necessary.letter of the week c
  6. Let dry. We did this in the morning and went out and let it dry for a few hours. Between the glue and the sugar dissolving into it it’s strong once it’s dry. Except for Runts- which all resisted gluing ( makes you wonder what’s in them… a lot of wax perhaps?).
  7. Cut out and glue onto the other page of construction paper. Letter of the week c

Book

Harriet's Halloween Candy

Harriet’s Halloween Candy by Nancy Carlson is the perfect after Halloween read. Harriet is a puppy who after tick or treating is excited about all her candy. She is also very protective of it and doesn’t want to share it with anyone, especially her little brother Walter who was too little to go out trick or treating. She hoards her candy, sorts it and of course eats it. She also hides it, until she runs out of places for it to go , and decides to try to eat it all. A cautionary tale for young children for sure!  My son liked it and he said to me ” Mama I will share my candy with you so I don’t get a tummy ache!” .

Tip about reading holiday books. Kids love to review their experiences with special events like Halloween, going to the pumpkin patch etc… so don’t rush to put away the Halloween books just yet. Now is a perfect time to read them and talk about your child’s experiences. Often times preschoolers will enjoy reading these books even more now , after having the experience to back it up.

Candy Alphabet!

Learning with Candy

Pop over to Craftitivity Corner on FamilyEducation.com to see how we used our Halloween candy to play with the alphabet!