7 Elementary Math Activities Using Candy Corn
Candy corn is yummy to eat and colorful to craft with, but did you know that you can also use it to teach some valuable math lessons? Candy corn is the perfect manipulative for teaching math in a hand on way, you just need to know how to effectively use it. Take a look below at 7 elementary math activities using candy corn that you should try!
1. Create patterns.
Line up candy corns in various directions (for example white side facing up or down) to create various patterns. Continue to line the candy corn up so the patterns can be repeated. You can let kids create their own pattern or start one and let them finish it.
2. Practice weighting objects.
Use a small kitchen scale to practice weighing objects. You can weigh one candy corn at a time, then two, then try a whole handful. Keep your eyes peeled for patterns developing and see if you can begin to make guestimates on the weight.
3. Discuss symmetry.
See if you can find a candy corn that is symmetric on both sides. Talk about symmetry and look at the candy corn to see if you cut them down the center, would each side be even.
4. Practice measurement.
Pull out a ruler and try your measuring skills. Measure the length and width of the candy corn in both inches and centimeters. You can even line up a row of the candy corns and measure them. If you wish you can use the candy corns as their own unit of measurement and see how long your hand is based on candy corns.
5. Create and discuss fractions.
Create a pie shape with the candy corns so the point is towards the center of the pie. You can then remove pieces of the candy corn to show how fractions work. The candy corn makes the perfect pie piece and you will find this to be a fun and easy way to learn fractions.
6. Practice estimating.
Fill a jar with candy corns and let kids guess how many are in the jar. This helps them practice their estimation skills and make educated guesses. You can use various sized jars filled with candy corns so kids get several chances to guess.
7. Examine a candy corn recipe.
Take a look at a recipe that uses candy corns so you can make note of the measurements involved. You will see the recipe requires being able to measure cups, tablespoons, etc. Point out how important it is to know math so you can make basic recipes such as the one you found.
Head to your local dollar store and grab a bag of candy corn so you can give these 7 ways to use candy corn to teach math a try. Kids are sure to find these lessons enjoyable, hands on, and super fun. Plus when you are done, you have a snack already waiting for you. Give these a try!