10 Ways to Use Halloween Candy to Teach Math

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by

We originally published this listing of ways to use Halloween candy to teach math in 2012.


10 Ways to Use Halloween Candy to Teach Math (2)


You know I have a Love Hate Relationship with Candy. So this time of year is particularly challenging and requires a bit of flexibility on my part. I know not everyone feels the same way I do. So we offer something for everyone. From candy-free ideas for Halloween to over 30 ideas for what to do with leftover Halloween candy.


In math, teachers often use manipulatives or learning tools to teach kids about math. So as Halloween comes to a close we share our ideas for using candy to teach kids about math.


Ways to use Candy to Teach Math

  • Count the candy by ones, twos, fives, and tens.
  • Use it to learn how to add & subtract.
  • Use groups to show how multiplication is a short cut to addition.
  • Break it into groups to help kids understand division and remainders.
  • Sort by color, shape, variety, kind of candy.
  • Break out a scale and weigh.
  • Use a ruler and measure it.
  • Estimation, how many candies are there? How much do they weigh?
  • Use the calorie count to talk about more than, less than, and equal too.
  • Create geometric shapes with candy.


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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys start to become teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 7 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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