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!

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Baking Soda and Vinegar Color Mixing Activity

baking soda and vinegar color mixing My kids love making baking soda and vinegar science experiments. We’ve made many versions over the years but this one was probably my favorite. My four year old has been a little obsessed with color mixing and my son loves a good mystery, I decided to put these lessons together in a fun mystery for them to solve.  They had a blast doing it and playing with left over materials after too. For younger kids who aren’t up for solving mysteries don’t use colored vinegar just hide the colors in the baking soda and left them erupt. Just as much fun but simpler for little ones.

Gather your materials. You will need a container for each color, a small measuring cup for the vinegar, baking soda, a measuring spoon, red, blue, and yellow food coloring. color mixing with baking soda and vinegar science

Start by putting some baking soda into your containers. Add the yellow food color in one and red in the other. Cover with s little more baking soda so your child can see what color might be hiding under the baking soda.color mixing mystery for kids

Pop a few drops of blue food color in the vinegar. color mixing baking soda volcano

Invite your detective to come and help you figure out which jar has yellow food color and which has red. Explain that all you need is the blue to figure it out. My 7 year old got the concept right away and whispered the answers in my ear ( if it turns purple it’s red, green it’s yellow) he agreed to play along and was glad he did. color mixing mystery baking soda and vinegar volcano

My daughter poured the first one and at first it didn’t turn purple, I had too much baking soda on top of the red food coloring. color mixing volcano

We mixed it up and voila purple!  Then I prompted ” What makes purple? Your vinegar was blue…” color mixing mystery purple

“I know red was hiding!!”

The next jar was for my son. color mixing science experimentHe was playing it cool and could guess what would happen but he still loved it. My daughter was super excited to declare that it HAD to be yellow in the jar because the bubbles turned green!color mixing science mystery

After the mystery was solved I handed them the extra baking soda and vinegar and let them go hog wild. I was already going inside to let them play when I heard him say ” This is going to be epic!” so I clicked this shot.  A few seconds later the measuring cup was spewing and giggles were plentiful. hog wild

Books About Color Mixing

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White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker is a classic in my mind and if you have never read it you must. It’s not a complicated story, instead it’s a brilliant book and lesson about color mixing . The cover illustration of the bunny in the paint always makes me think of dyeing Easter eggs which is another great opportunity to teach about color mixing. Kids love this book and adults reading it will enjoy the fun and dynamic language used to describe the vibrant colors that the bunny plunges into.

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Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni is a profound book with underlying commentary about race relations while the surface story is about little blobs of color who when squished together turn into one green blob! You’ll be surprised by how easily your preschooler will pick up on the connection between the two. In my PreK class I had more than a few kids make the connection all on their own.

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Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh is a cute little story about mice that get into paint and not only make a mess but discover what happens when you mix colors. Great for every day but even better when you are learning about colors specifically mixing colors.

 

 

Fun Things To Do With Kids { Add Yours!}

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I loved seeing all your quick activities linked up last week and this week I am looking for great Halloween ideas. Of course you are more than welcome to link up any blog post you think my readers will love but this week I am pinning Halloween ideas onto my Halloween For Families pinterest board and Link & Learn is the first place I go for pinning great content. If you have never linked up before , please do !