Fall Activity: Candy Corn Math

My 5-year-old son and I have been having fun doing some fall activities during the weeks counting down to Thanksgiving. I saw this fun candy corn counting activity on Pinterest and thought my son would like it. The activity I saw was a little too easy for him so I decided to change it up a bit to make it harder.

For this activity you will need:

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  • Green construction paper
  • Yellow construction paper
  • Sharpie marker
  • Candy corn
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Cut out the yellow and green construction paper in the shapes of ears of corn (see photo). You can use a pattern to trace them, or just cut them out free hand. They don’t have to look perfect. Glue the pieces together to look like ears of corn.

candy corn counting

The object of this activity is for your child to count candy corns. There is a couple of ways you can have your child do this activity, depending on their math skills.

For preschoolers, you can use the Sharpie to write a number on each ear of corn and then have your child count out that many pieces of candy corn to place on the ear on corn.

My son is a little past that stage, so I decided to use the “+” and “-” signs between the ears of corn so that he could practice adding and subtracting.

If you have an older child who is learning multiplication and division, you can also add those signs. I love how this activity is so versatile for different ages.

My son had a lot of fun playing with the candy corn, and of course eating them when he was done.

I also saw this other cute idea for a similar activity placing turkey feathers on a turkey. We will have to try that one next year.

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