Math is all around us. It is part of our every day lives. And the Halloween holiday season can provide many fun opportunities for little children to use math. If you live near a pumpkin patch enjoy a visit to it. What a great way to not only count pumpkins, but to do some comparison, too. How many big pumpkins? How many little pumpkins? Are they more small ones or more big ones? You can use a tape measure to see how “tall” the pumpkins are and do even more comparisons that way. Graph the results for easy visual comparison.
Have your child help make Halloween “treat” bags. First they can help count put the number of bags you may need. Then your child can help count out the number of stickers or pretzels packs, or Halloween pencils or individual microwave popcorn packages to go into each bag.
Decorating for Halloween with shocks of corn, small pumpkin gourds or pumpkins on the porch provides another way for your child to count and compare.
It is also fun to look at all of the different kinds of Halloween costumes and compare them. How many different colors are there? How many skeletons costumes or monster costumes do you see?
And, of course, counting and sorting the Halloween bounty after trick or treating is another fun and delicious math activity for your child.
Make math fun with Halloween math! So let the counting and comparisons begin. Happy Halloween Math!