We gathered up all our Valentine Candy yesterday and had a great time doing simple preschool math with it!
You could use candy for these activities at any time of the year, but there are only a few times when we have so much at our fingertips!
Here are the preschool math projects we did:
#1. Graphing. I drew a graph on a sheet of computer paper, let each child grab a handful of kisses, and then graph which colors they managed to pull out of the bowl. This was inspired by Fantastic Fun and Learning's graphing activity!
#2: Patterns. I put all the kisses in the middle of our kiddos and let each child create a pattern on the back of their graphing page. The kids made ABAB patterns, AABB patterns, and I made ABB patterns and let them take turns filling in the next color.
#3: Adding/Subtracting. I gave the kids a verbal math equation and let them model it with candy and give me the answer. Then I let them give me math problems!
#4: Shapes. The children chose a shape to create with candy!
#5: Designs! This is where the preschoolers arranged the candy in whatever cool designs they wanted!
And, of course, I let them all choose a piece of candy to eat when we were done!
What do you do with candy after holidays like Valentines?
I may share at any of these parties!