This Halloween game is a fantastic way to make math fun for kids.
Simple to use and play, you’ll have a blast with your kids as you make special holiday memories.
Find out how I’m using this Spiders & Ladders Halloween game with my boys for math fun and how to get your free printable set today.
Halloween Math Fun for Kids
Holidays are a great time of year to boost learning fun. Kids are already excited about the holiday. Using lessons, activities, and games with holiday themes gets them engaged and ready to learn.
Over the years, some of the best memories from our homeschool have come from holiday learning fun activities. And Halloween is definitely no exception!
Carving pumpkins is a fantastic time to learn about the pumpkin life cycle, pumpkin anatomy, and doing all sorts of fun activities with pumpkin seeds.
After trick-or-treating, making candy patterns (and then enjoying the goodies) is a blast.
To add to our Halloween activities for kids, I’m sharing this simple Spiders & Ladders game. It’s an amazingly easy and free way to practice basic math skills and enjoy interactive fun.
How to Play This Simple Halloween Game
In this free printable set (to get your pack, scroll down to end of this post and subscribe to Rock Your Homeschool), you’ll find a page of instructions. I’ll give you a quick overview here, in case you’d like to see if this game is something you and your kids will like 😉
First, print the game board on a sheet of white paper. (I recommend using cardstock for durability).
An extra step (but definitely worth it!) is to laminate the game board. I laminate our game boards to keep them looking nice and for when we want to use playdough balls (or figures) as game pieces.
Each player needs to select a game piece. I encourage you to get creative with this step. Here are a few ideas:
- plastic spiders (perfect for Halloween)
- playdough balls (or pumpkins, bats, cauldrons)
- small toys
Oh, you’ll also need a six-sided die. The first player (we usually have the youngest go first) rolls the die and moves their game piece.
If a player lands at the bottom of a ladder, they get to move up it. If a player lands on a spider web, the player slides down to where the spider is.
The winner is the first player to land on the last square!
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Excellent Ways to Boost the Learning Fun with This Spiders & Ladders Game
If you’d like to supercharge this Halloween game, here are a few ideas:
- Practice number recognition by calling out the number rolled and the number of the square landed on.
- Have players add or subtract as they move.
- Challenge players to spell the number word (rolled and/or landed on).
- Give players silly Halloween challenges to get them up and moving before or after each roll. For example, a player could “fly like a bat” or “ride on a broom like a witch”.
- Play age-appropriate Halloween music in the background.
- Keep track of wins using tally marks and make a chart of the results.
Get Your Free Halloween Game for Math Fun for Kids
Excited to get started with this Halloween game for math fun?
You may certainly print as many copies of this game as you need for your family, homeschool co-op, class, or community event. If you have a co-worker or friend who would have Halloween fun with kids using this game, please share the link to this post (not the download link). Thank you for your cooperation and sharing!
**If you’d like to use this as part of distance learning, please email Amy at [email protected] 🙂
To get this free Halloween Game for Math Fun, all you need to do is subscribe to Rock Your Homeschool. You’ll receive an email with a PDF download, along with a password to open the Subscriber’s Library to all RYHS freebies.
Plus, you’ll get emails with ideas, resources, and encouragement to make life and learning fun.
(Psst! Current RYHS members just need to access the Subscriber Freebies page and enter the password in your welcome email. Or get the instant download in the email the week of this post.)