Has Halloween candy infiltrated your classroom yet? If it has, have no fear! There are some easy ways that you can incorporate it into your lessons. Check out these sugar-free activities!
Lessons with Halloween Candy
You know it is hiding in those lunch boxes, so encourage children to get it out and start graphing the candy. Graph it by type, wrapper color, or even how long it is. Students will get great practice sorting and measuring.
Turn those bite-sized miniature candy bars into word problems. Even if your students do not have candy bars in their lunch bags, using them as examples in word problems is a great way to relate to a timely event. Ask for student input on the types of candy to include in the large group problems, and have them write their own word problems to exchange with one another.
Halloween Candy Art
Yes, those pieces of candy can be turned into art. Encourage students to create a Halloween collage using different pieces of candy (still in the wrapper, of course!). When glued on heavy cardboard, those candy collages will be the talk of the school.
How Much Does the Candy Weigh?
If your class is studying weights and measurements, have them weigh different candy bars to see which ones are the heaviest. They can report their findings to the class. It might also be interesting to compare the weight of the candy to the number of calories in it. The question may be, does a heavier piece of candy make you heavier?
Donate Halloween Candy
Have students bring candy in and donate it to a service project. Many organizations that work with servicemen and women overseas collect candy for distribution. Check with your local Reserves or with organizations like Adopt-a-Platoon for more information.
Do you have a favorite way to turn those bite-sized pieces of sugar into a lesson? If so, share your ideas with us in a comment below! We would love to hear how you turn a potentially negative treat into a positive lesson.
This post was originally published on October 30, 2010.
It was updated on October 3, 2016.