What if you could take the excitement and fun of Halloween and combine it with writing numbers, counting, and all things math? These Halloween math activities are a great way to use all that this time of year offers. We’ve shared Halloween occupational therapy activities before, but these ideas are designed to boost math through play! Spooky learning ideas, ghost math, pumpkin adding…there is a lot of fun to be had! What a fun way to learn and play!
Fine Motor Halloween Math
There is much research telling us that fine motor skills predict math skills in kids, so why not add the fun of Halloween with fine motor activities? Studies show that motor skills are significantly related to their mathematical ability.
Here are Halloween fine motor activities that double as math activities for counting, sorting, patterns, and more.
In this fine motor pumpkin sticker activity, we made our own pumpkin stickers, and used them in a Halloween literacy activity. But, they are perfect pumpkins for math skills too. Use the small pumpkins to count, add, work on place value, and to sort into arrays for multiplication and division.
This is a great Halloween math activity for pushing into the classroom or to use in home occupational therapy via OT teletherapy sessions. Kids will need only three materials:
- Orange construction paper
- Hole puncher
- Pencil or marker
Ask kids to use the hole punch to punch orange circles onto their desk surface. They can use their pencil or marker to add a small stem to each pumpkin. Then, it’s time to sort, count, add, subtract, and arrange into piles of ten.
This ghost craft is one of my favorite Halloween crafts here on the site. Save up a handful of bread ties and use them for math activities, sorting, counting, and adding/subtracting. The cute spooky manipulative is fun and not scary!
You’ll need just one material for this, but you can add them to any sensory tray like we did, using dry black beans:
- White bread ties
Slide them onto pipe cleaners to count and sort by groups for counting and multiplying.
Use this spider math craft to work on adding, subtracting, and fact families. You’ll need just a couple of materials:
- Black construction paper
- White chalk, crayon, or colored pencil
Make the spider by following the directions in the spider math craft tutorial and then work on the math skills that your child needs to address. We used the creepy crawly craft to work on near doubles, but you could use this for any math facts!
Scarecrow Place Value Activity
This scarecrow math activity is one way to work on place value math, but you could use it to build skills in understanding any addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division skills. Work on fact families, or writing numbers in different forms on each strand of the scarecrow’s hair. The options are pretty limitless! Be sure to check out the scarecrow craft tutorial for this activity.
There are a lot of fine motor skills happening with this Halloween craft, too!
More Halloween Learning Activities
Here are more Halloween learning ideas that build skills, including monster math, candy corn counting, fall math, and more!
Pumpkin Hunt Math from Still Playing School
Monster Math and Science from Artsy Momma
Candy Corn Literacy Games from Growing Book By Book
Pumpkin Name Game from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Candy Corn Math from From ABCs to ACTs
Fall Counting Activities from Preschool Inspirations
Fall Tree Number Matching from Mom Inspired Life
Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.