In addition to providing loads of fun, Halloween provides lots of opportunities for learning. From sorting Halloween candy by color, to playing Halloween-themed bingo, many Halloween-themed educational games can reinforce math, grammar and spelling skills. Since most children enjoy Halloween, playing educational Halloween-themed games can make learning fun.
While parents usually tell their children not to play with their food, when it comes to Halloween candy, you may wish to make an exception. Counting, sorting and grouping Halloween candy by type, size, and color can hone basic math skills. Halloween candy can also be used to work on estimation skills. Place small Halloween candies in a large glass jar and have the children guess how many pieces of candy are in it. The child who makes the closest guess wins a prize.
Crossword puzzles are educational tools that can be used to teach words, concepts and ideas. Halloween crossword puzzles can be created using common Halloween words like pumpkin, gourd, orange and candy, along with their appropriate word clues. In addition to reinforcing the spelling of common Halloween words, children have to use their thinking skills to determine which word each clue represents. While older children should be able to rationalize the proper word a clue represents on their own, younger children may need a word list at the bottom of the page to help them complete the puzzle.
Halloween-Themed Memory Game
Memory games can teach children to recognize things that are the same and things that are different. To create a Halloween-themed memory game, use index cards to make two sets of cards. Each set of cards should have the same group of images on them. Pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns, candy corn, black cats, and ghosts are all appropriate Halloween items to draw on the cards. If you’re not comfortable drawing the Halloween images on the cards, print out clip art images to create your cards instead. To play the Halloween-themed memory game, flip all the cards over so that they are image-side down. Take turns flipping over two cards at a time. If the card images match, set them aside and go again. If the cards don’t match, put them back and give the next player a turn.
In addition to requiring good listening skills, playing Halloween-themed bingo can reinforce image recognition. To play Halloween-themed bingo, create bingo cards for all of the players. For each card, draw a five-by-five-square grid on a piece of 8.5-inch-by-11-inch paper. In each grid square, draw a Halloween image, such as a piece of candy corn or a pumpkin. Be sure that each square has a different image and that no two grids have the same images in the same order. Make a list of all of the images you have used on your grids. Give each player a grid and begin the game. To play, the announcer calls out images from the list. The first person to make a line with five of the images announced is the winner.