A simple printable math worksheet like this pumpkin activity I am calling Pumpkin Teeth is a great math learning tool. The pumpkins head can be used as a math mat for practicing math facts.
What do you need along with the printable math worksheet?
Before I share the list with you, you will want to download the printable pumpkin math sheet. (Click on the link to the left to download it for free)
Then you will need:
Two die (We used a six sided die and a ten sided one.)
Halloween themed container for each person playing. (Cupcake liners work really well for this.)
How do you play Pumpkin Teeth with the printable math worksheets?
The printable math worksheet displaying the pumpkin and a Halloween container filled with candy corn will need to be put out for each person playing Pumpkin Teeth. It is probably more sanitary this way. Children will only be working with the candy corn in their container
Then you decide who will start the game. It can we decided by who rolls the highest or lowest number on the dice. You can just pick someone to start out first if you like.
Once that has been decided, the first player rolls the die to find out what numbers they will need to add to find the sum. The numbers or addends are then displayed on the pumpkin’s mouth with candy corn. The first number is shown at the top of the pumpkin’s mouth and the second number is shown on the bottom. The number sentence displayed is shared out loud with the a parent, teacher or other children including its sum.
Then it is the next person’s turn to roll, display and count. You can repeat this activity until everyone has had turn or all the candy corn has disappeared into the children’s mouths. The hope is that everyone will hold off from eating their candy until their turn is over.
If you totally don’t like the idea of using candy, you could use pom poms or buttons instead. They will probably allow the activity to go a little longer as well as not giving students a sugar high.
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We used one six sided die and ten side die. This allowed us to create more challenging math facts. You can totally used two six sided dice if you like.
Children are very likely to want to taste some of the candy corn. If you given them some to snack on before you start the game, it may be easier for them to leave the candy corn they will use as teeth alone.