Spooky Estimation Jars

halloween estimation jars for kidsWhen I was asked to participate in this campaign re-creating one of  Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club featured crafts I immediately was drawn to the Spooky Apothecary Jars and knew just how to turn this rad craft into awesome learning! I use Dollar Tree all the time for craft supplies and even pop in just to brainstorm. Their new Dollar Tree Value Seekers Club is a free resource that updates monthly and is filled with craft ideas, recipes ,and other fun frugal tips.

For the full how to check out Value Seekers Club and scroll down to the Spooky Apothecary Jars . I added in gummy worms, plastic creepy crawlies, and eyeballs. I also included a small chalkboard and chalk for writing down our estimations and results. I omitted the labels because I didn’t want to obstruct the view of the items inside.

After gluing the jars to the candlesticks  and letting them dry I filled the jars with gummy worms, plastic eyeballs, and plastic creepy crawlies.

Invite your little mathematicians to come make some estimations! My kids were thrilled to see gummy worms so early on a Saturday morning.halloween estimation jars for kids how to

Write down your estimates.

Open up the jars and empty out the contents.

Count and record the result. We were close with the eyeballs and creepy crawlies but way off with the worms.

Math can be fun and including a holiday theme is a great way to bring excitement to basic math.

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Monster Math Tray – Learning After School

preschool math Math is probably my son’s favorite subject right now and I am running with it. This monster math activity took 2 minutes to set up and could be used over and over . No need to buy anything other than paper and googly eyes! I like making simple tray activities like this that I can have ready for him at the table in the playroom to do after school. They are educational and appealing but not so long that he gets overwhelmed after a long day of school. As you will see my toddler demanded she get in on the action too, luckily this was easy to adapt to her level as well. For a fun variation check out how you can use dice for even more monster math over at Inner Child Learning.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some bright paper, googly eyes, a pencil ( if you want to use the monsters more than once) , and scissors. I also had a small cup and cookie tray to keep everything contained.
  2. Start by folding your paper in half and cutting out the shape of a monster. Best part is that they can be detailed or a blob , not need for extraordinary artistic skills! halloween math
  3. Next write simple math equations on the monster. If your child isn’t up to equations yet just do numbers. You can also do shapes and have your child place the eyes on the shapes. I used markers for the photos but If you want to use this more than once you can use pencil, or laminate the monsters and use dry erase markers.Counting
  4. All ready – now add a math wizard! He loves this . I love that while doing math he is also working on fine motor skills that he needs for writing.
  5. After he did addition we flipped it over and did some subtraction. He loved it too!
  6. ” I do it TOO!!!” To make it toddler friendly I only used the largest eyes, and wrote simple numbers on the monsters. My daughter still needed a little help as I thought she would but she was ecstatic to be doing big girl math with her big brother. All I know is she begged to do math. Let’s keep that spirit going right?monster craft

Monster Books

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 Check out our round up of monster books for some reading after your math!

Halloween Math Activities for Kids

halloween crafts for kids These Halloween math activities for kids are a great way to add some extra learning to your day or for a class Halloween party. Math is a challenge for so many kids but if we can make it fun now before the challenge is too great then we can lay a positive foundation down to build upon for years to come.

Count & Fill Frankensteins
Halloween Graphing
Spider Counting Game from Loving My Nest
Candy Corn Counting
Haunted House Math
Halloween Patterns
Marshmallow Counting and Ghost Craft