Halloween Candy Math


As you can see from the picture above, my kids got lots of Halloween candy. We actually had three of these buckets full of candy, one for each kid. I was trying to think of things to do with all this candy and thought of an easy math activity. Read on to see what we did!

You will need:
  • Halloween candy
First we dumped all the Halloween candy on the dining room table. I asked the kids what candy they thought we had the most of and they made their predictions. This was tough to do just by looking at the big pile on the table.

The kids started to sort the candy by type, creating rows of the various kinds of candy.

My daughter Lil C adds a lollipop while B adds a pack of peanut M&Ms.

The rows grow.

Now that's a lot of candy!

When they were done sorting the candy, we looked at all. It was hard to tell which row had the most since a number of rows had a lot. We decided to count and see. 

In the end, we had the most Butterfingers at 13 (which no one in our house really likes) and the fewest Baby Ruths at 1.

The fact is, we were left with a lot of candy. More than any kids and their parents with no willpower need. My husband and I decided to have the kids pick out 10 pieces of candy each and donate the rest. I thought the kids would revolt at this idea, but when we told them we would be sending the candy to people who need it (troops via Operation Shoebox), they were all for it.

My daughter A filled up her bag with 10 candies. Notice she grabbed a full size Skittles as one of her 10 candies? She's no fool. 

After the kids picked out their candy to keep, we stuffed the rest of the candy in a box and headed over to the Post Office so they could be involved in mailing the package. They really felt good about helping and I think we will make this a Halloween tradition.

*This is not a sponsored post. I get nothing to mention Operation Shoebox. They were just an organization I found that accepts donated candy for troops. Many dentists offer a similar program.

For more ideas for your leftover Halloween candy (if you haven't eaten it all already, you rock!) check out our post 7 Things To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy.

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  1. What a great idea!

    Mrs. Delightful

  2. Great idea. I love that they shared their candy with the troops. Philanthropy can be taught in such little ways. www.creativemamaonadime.com

  3. I love that they wanted to share with the troops. What a great teaching moment!