Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Food Sorting Fun

The Halloween treat aisle at Target is always my favorite to find fun holiday inspiration for learning!  When my kids were preschoolers, I found another really great website called www.teachingheart.net that was full of ideas for sorting, patterning, and graphing all sorts of spooky treats.  My favorite, and my 8-year-old's still favorite, is sorting and patterning Kraft Ghostmallows.

This little activity is great for our 3-year-old friends.  Purchase Kraft Ghostmallows at Target.  That's the only place I could find them this year.  They were still there in the Halloween baking section on Saturday so grab them before they're gone!

Download the sorting sheet at http://www.teachingheart.net/dembones.html (scroll down until you see the picture) or you may grab a copy off the parent resource cart at school.  I made copies! 

Have your little ghost or ghoul sort the marshmallows onto the sorting sheet by color.  (Note:  brown is looking awfully gray in my bag this year.)

Have your child count how many of each color and write it in the circle.  Your kiddo may need you to write it for them.  This just helps with number recognition.  Then have them use the marshmallows to make a pattern.  You may need to make the original pattern first and have your child copy it below yours.

Our 4-year-old friends can make a pattern by themselves or even create a more advanced pattern using all three colors.  And of course, once sorting and patterning is finished, your little ghost can eat the marshmallows they have used.  Or, depending upon the shape the marshmallows are in after all that manipulating, you can give them fresh Ghostmallows.  Or you might want to enjoy the bag for yourself.  I won't tell.  

This activity will work for all holiday Kraft marshmallows.  I used it at Christmas, Easter, and the 4th of July each year. It's super fun and super easy and most of all delicious!  Happy sorting!  --MJ

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