Candy Math is a terrific hands-on way to help kids learn and practice basic math facts.
Who doesn’t love a bit of candy? Throw in math skills like counting, patterns, and addition for a learning fun party! I mean, what child isn’t going to beg to do math when candy is involved? 😉
Check out these books that bring popular candy pieces to the learning table. These books address a variety of math facts and skills, appropriate for toddler through middle school math.
Why Candy Math?
What child (or adult, for that matter) does not like candy? Pieces of candy are used by many for incentives, like potty training and behavior charts. Candy is also a common treat for any special occasion.
I love occasionally using candy in our homeschool. My boys thrive on hands-on learning opportunities. We use a variety of math manipulatives, with candy being everyone’s #1 choice.
Candy pieces are bright and colorful. They grab the boys’ attention and allow for easy recognition.
And, let’s face it-candy is a superior motivator compared to math cubes!
6 Fun Books For Candy Math
(You may be able to find these books at your local library. If not, most can be found used at great prices!)
- The m&m’s® Color Pattern Book: This book is wonderful for teaching about colors and patterns. Following directions, counting, and adding are also practiced.
2. The m&m’s® Counting Book: This book really breaks down counting into its simplest form-using candy! The concepts of sets, shapes, and subtraction are also introduced.
3. The m&m’s® Addition Book: I love how this book went into greater detail about addition. Math vocabulary like addends, sums, and equations are clearly explained and demonstrated.
4. The Hershey’s™ Kisses™ Subtraction Book: This book takes a closer look at subtraction. A fun circus storyline with clowns does a great job demonstrating subtraction facts.
5. Twizzlers™ Shapes and Patterns Book: I love how this book introduces basic geometry like point, line, and angle. Shapes, parallel lines, and patterns are also shown.
6. Skittles® Riddles Math: These colorful candies are used to demonstrate math facts like counting, comparison, and additions. Subtraction, number lines, fractions, and division are also shown through the fun use of riddles.
Have you used any of these Candy Math books to help your kids learn their math facts?
What other types of fun math manipulatives do you use?
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