So You Think Candy Corn isnt Honestly Good for Kids? Do the Math to Know for Sure

Does all the sugar in candy corn leave you curious if it's good for your children? In some ways, it just might be. Candy corn just might boost thinking skills and improve grades! After they get enough, have your kids use the sweet treats for some math exercises this Halloween season.

On a very basic level, the orange, yellow, and white triangles can help teach colors and shapes. Mix them with some jellybeans for a fine motor skills exercise for little fingers. Have children arrange them together to make new shapes.

Could you use something a smidge more challenging? You might try using the small candies for board game markers. Candy corn bingo is a lot of fun - with the numbers on the grid providing answers to equations and the candies marking the spots. Children can graph different amounts of candy corn. Making spinners from cardboard with the arrows shaped like candy corn can provide another fun way of working with numbers.

Have you realized that candy corn - if placed sideways - can be "greater than" and "less than" symbols? Children may like inequality math much more when they use candy corn for the results.

Next, how about some math stories? Tommy has 20 pieces of candy corn. If he takes Susie's 8 pieces, how many will he have in all? Since the story problem is so flexible, candy corn is still helpful when the complexity is stretched a little. Maybe the kids should find the square root of the number of pieces of candy corn that Tommy has. Or maybe Tommy's stash of candy corn is going to grow exponentially over the entire month of October until Halloween! Lucky Tommy. (And Tommy's dentist too...)

How many cents does each individual candy cost? That is an excellent math/life question. Which store offers the best price? Try weighing the candies - or maybe try weighing the kids after they have devoured a few kilos of it!

An enormous bucket chock full of the sweet little rascals provides an excellent guessing/estimating math game. And the whole thing will be given to the person with the closest guess. There is some mathematical way of making a fairly accurate guess. Is the candy worth the effort of working through the geometry math? Hopefully the tasty prize will be appropriately motivating.

Some geometry students might enjoy the Internet Math Challenge from the University of Idaho. The math exercise involves pretending the candy corn is a perfect cone and reconfiguring its color's dimensions. With each level of color being a third the height, determine what part of the overall height each color would consume, if the Halloween colors were flipped.

Math and candy corn unite in the universe of children's literature. Check out the book The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly Giff for some interesting reading and logic. In the story, a kid can't keep from thinking about his class contest. Whoever estimates the exact number of yellow-and-orange candies in the jar gets to keep them all. The only catch is that each guess requires the student to read a page of a library book.

Talk about brain food! Perhaps candy corn will become the poster candy for teachers all over. Not likely. But, perhaps, infusing a little tasteful entertainment to a math lesson will stimulate thinking and problem solving. It could also give the old excuse "the dog ate my math" a bit more credence.

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About The Author, Gaylene Davis
Gaylene Davis is an ex-teacher, now a WAHM taking care of her two boys. This candy corn article was originally written for . For more fun candy corn activities and candy corn facts - check it out.