Counting, number identification, ordering numbers, addition to 12, comparing groups by more or less…we were able to explore ALL of these math skills together by using one adorable Halloween math GAME!
We began by putting our numbers from 1-12 in the correct order to help use play or game (because messy numbers are not easy to learn with).
Next, little man counted the pictures on each card and match them to the correct number. As he was counting and matching I would pull cards and ask questions… “Which on has more, the ghosts or the bats?” or “Are there less cats or pieces of candy?”
After all of the pictures had been matched to the correct number, he put the numbers in the correct order. This would be a great pocket chart activity (ours was put away and the table was clean, so we used it instead).
Finally, I told him some Halloween stories that he LOVED! There were sneaky spiders on spooky trees, hats on broom sticks and hungry ghosts that wanted some candy.
All of the stories ending the same…with an addition problem that needed to be solved and little man did fantastic! After he solved each problem but using the pictures on the cards I asked him to find the number that showed his answer (NOTE: all the sums were 12 or less).
What is even better is that we were able to have all that math-packed fun in under 20 minutes (great for a small group intervention) and it will be included in his math tub this week for his independent learning time!
You can grab this activity and much more in my Halloween pack and feel free to ask me for ways to extend or modify the activities to meet the needs of you little learners!