Moms are the busiest people I know. Whether they work outside the home or are raising kids, there are a million and one things we moms do each day. No one needs another time consuming thing to add to their list. If you’ve ever been online and saw a fun kids activity and thought “who has time to do that?” you will love this Halloween Math Game. You have time to do this. Setup took me five minutes and I am highly distractible. *Squirrel!* See? In addition to being easy, this game works on number recognition and fine motor skills so you get a lot of bang for the buck for your five minute investment.
For this Halloween math game you will need:
I found these foam shapes at the dollar store, but I know that selections can vary by store. If you cannot find them there or at a craft store, you can try the link above in the supply list which offers something similar.
Write the numbers 1-10 on ten clothespins with a black permanent marker. On the remaining 10 clothespins make 1-10 dots. Write numbers 1-10 on your Halloween foam shapes. I used a black permanent marker on the lighter colored foam and a white crayon on the black foam pieces.
That’s it for setup! See, I told you this was easy.
There are so many fun ways to play this Halloween math game. The very first thing my daughter did was organize the shapes so they would go from 1-10. When she finished that, she noticed that the shapes formed a pattern. Next, she wanted to to start clipping on clothes pins that had the same number. Her little fingers worked hard to squeeze open the clothespins. This was such a fun fine motor activity for her!
When she was done with the numbered clothespins, she went to work on the dot clothespins.
These were more challenging as the numbers got bigger, because she had to carefully count each dot to make sure she had the right one.
When she was done, we had each foam shape with a numbered and dotted clothespin on it. These are so many ways to play with the same basic supplies: putting the shapes in numbered order, pattern making, identifying even and odd numbers, putting on the more clothespins (5 clothespins on the shape with the number 5), just to name a few.
Fun kids activities don’t always require lots of setup time. Even if you just have a few minutes, you can create a fun educational game for your child.
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