The other day, I came across a really great idea for a Halloween activity/craft that could be doubled into a math lesson! So I went to the store to get the items needed for the activity: Cheap paper plates, orange paint, and yellow paint.
We painted the plates like so:
Then we did our best to cut them out into even triangles….making large cute candy corn!
After they were all cut out, we went through different fractions and wrote them down on paper as we learned. I had attempted to teach fractions before, but I didn’t have anything that was “perfectly shaped” to show the visual aspect of how fractions worked. This idea worked out great. Both girls caught on quickly, and Little Cowboy was asleep. I’m sure he would have tried to take over the whole activity. He always wants to try it out too…but instead of everyone else. Ah the life of a toddler.
After we learned about fractions, Bug punched holes in the large end of each candy corn, and Bunny strung them on the twine. I tied the ends, and we hung them up in our living room to make a cute Halloween banner! I’m not big on decorating for Halloween, but this was a pretty cute activity to do in a short amount of time.
I thought the banner turned out kind of cute.
I foresee us doing a few more activities with basic fractions in the next few days; adding and subtracting, and in the near future baking! Both girls are going to have the opportunity to actually bake a cake or cookies all on their own. I will only be there to answer questions. This will be a big step for them!
Gotta love natural teaching moments!