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.
After printing and prepping our game. We put the numbers from 1-12 in the correct order to help us play the game. Because messy numbers are not easy to learn with…you feel me? This was also a great way to review one-to-one correspondence.
Next, we counted the pictures on each card. And matched them to the correct number. As he counted and matching the cards, I would pull cards and ask questions. “Which one has more, the ghosts or the bats?” or “Are there fewer cats or pieces of candy?”
Counting the objects in each set is an important skill. But, I want them to compare the values, which is a future skill they will learn.
After all of the pictures had been matched to the correct number, he put the numbers in the correct order. We counted the sets to make sure the matches were correct. And counted the cards to make sure the order was on point.
Finally, I told him some Halloween stories that he LOVED! There were sneaky spiders on spooky trees, hats on broomsticks and hungry ghosts that wanted some candy.
All of the stories ended 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).
All the math-packed fun was completed in under 20 minutes. Great for a small group intervention. And perfect for his math tub this week at independent learning time!
Grab this activity for free by clicking the MJCS download image at the bottom of this post and waiting to be redirected in your internet browser. My Halloween thematic pack includes more resources for a spooky week of learning. And feel free to ask me for ways to extend or modify the activities to meet the needs of your little learners!