I can’t remember the last time my daughter was sick. She hasn’t had so much as a sniffle in recent memory. Of course she picked the middle of the night, just hours after marathon Trick-or-Treating, to wake up (and keep us up all night) with a deep hacking cough.
Though she was reluctant to stay home from kindergarten, because she “heard someone at school say that you have to save your sick days until the end of the year, when the weather’s warm,” I talked her into using a “sick day” to stay home for the worthy cause of sorting her Halloween candy.
This Activity Can Help to Enhance:
– Sorting Skills
– Estimating Skills
– Color Comprehension
– Counting Skills
– Mathematics Vocabulary
– Way Too Much Candy
1. Have kids sort candy into makeshift bar chart (by brand or color).
2. Ask questions, such as;
– Which candy did you get the most of?
– How many yellow wrappers can you count?
– Can you find two different kinds that begin with the letter ‘T”?
– Let’s count if there are more Skittles or M&Ms in a bag…
ACTIVITY & MATH VOCAB ENHANCEMENT IDEAS:
Introduce the “Greater Than”, “Less Than” and “Equal” symbol . Organize a number of candies on two sides and explain that “the crocodile’s mouth always wants to eat the bigger number (or meal)”. You can even draw teeth on the symbol to help them visualize the concept. Explain that the equals symbol, means “same as” or that the sides are balanced (why the symbol of two horizontal lines is used). Use additional math vocabulary words such as larger, smaller, bigger, more, and less while playing.
Open a bag of M&Ms or Skittles and create a bar chart by arranging colors in columns. Ask more “greater”, “equal to” and “less than” questions and have kids tally up the number of candies in each column and record their findings.
NOTE TO BERKSHIRE PARENTS:
If you are looking to unload a few pounds of Trick-or-Treat goodies and contribute to a great cause, please join us at the “Treats for Troops” community celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Berkshire Carousel, from 1- 3 p.m. For more information visit us at facebook.com/BerkshireFamilyFocus or contact Miriam Middleton at Mir2425@aol.com