I love all things candy corn, so of course I love incorporating candy corn activities into my classroom around Halloween time. It is a perfect way to channel the students’ excitement about the holiday into something academically based. I wanted to share some of my favorite candy corn activities with you today! Many of these activities are free so make sure you grab them and try them with your students.
Candy Corn Math Activities
FREE Candy Corn Comparison Printable
First up, is a comparing numbers printable with candy corn. The students need candy corn and dice to complete this activity. The students roll a dice to create different numbers to compare using the candy corn. You may have to make sure you tell the students how to use the candy corn as inequality symbols and even model this a few times. If you don’t, the students may try to use the candy corn as an arrow and point to the larger number.
Candy Corn Themed Math Centers
If you are familiar with my blog and TeachersPayTeachers resources, you probably know by now that I love themed math centers. I love my Candy Corn Craze Math Centers in particular. It t is one of my first math center packs, but I still love it. It perfectly pairs with the comparing with candy corn activity I shared above. Let’s take a look at some of the centers (which are available for purchase in my TpT Store).
I always have students still struggling with reading whole numbers so this candy corn center is perfect for that. This math center requires the students to match three representations of the same whole number.
And a decimal version of the same type of center as the whole number one above. Sometimes I place both of these activities in two different centers and sometimes I use one or the other to differentiate.
Students love this next center in the resource! Decimal Top It has the students using candy corn pieces with decimals written on them to play a math game similar to war. The students take turns turning over decimals one at a time. They compare the decimals and whoever has the larger decimal “wins” the round and keeps the cards.
And my students seem to always need place value practice at this point in the year, so I created a decimal place value sort with these adorable candy corn graphics. This center actually goes up to millionths so I can easily differentiate. I only use the jars shown in the picture below for grade level and below students. My higher students get all the jars and decimal cards. There is a blank candy corn paper so you can add more decimals for your grade level and below students.
Candy Corn STEM Activity
In addition to the candy corn math activities, I love this STEM activity involving candy corn and creating a workable catapult to launch the candy corn. For this activity, the students can use lots of different household items to create a catapult.
Here is just an example using pencils, rubber bands, and a spoon:
This activity can be done in school or even as a fun at home project. I made recording sheets that walk the students through the process so it would make a great at home project. The students can complete the project at home and then bring them in on the assigned due date. On that date, the students can try out their catapults and even have a “race” to see whose launches the candy corn the furthest.
Your students will definitely love having a candy corn themed day in math and science with these activities.