Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

This Halloween Math and Literacy Activities pack contains printable activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. It enables children to practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Writing numbers
– Quantity comparison
– Patterning
– Attribute variance
– Uppercase letter recognition
– Beginning sounds
– Visual discrimination
– Visual memory
– Association
– Social/emotional


Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut the cards into strips. Provide young learners with a small amount of Brach’s Candy Autumn Mix. Work with children to match, extend, and describe the patterns.


Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

Print these sheets out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide mini erasers, pom poms, vase gems, or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. For individual use, have the child roll the die, count the dots (or recognize the “set” of dots), and find and cover the corresponding number on the sheet. Repeat until all of the numerals are covered. In small group, give each child a sheet and have them take turns rolling the die. The first person to cover all of their numbers wins. Trade cards and play again!


Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

What’s Missing? – Children will determine which picture is missing from each row, then cut and glue. Depending on the child’s ability, a sheet of paper may be used to cover the other pictures as he/she works one row at a time.

Color by Numbers
– Instruct young learners to color the numbered parts of the cat with their corresponding colors.

Spooky Sets
– Prompt students to count each set and color the ones containing more items.

Halloween Association
– Children will study the groups of pictures and cross out the ones that do not belong. Discuss the different attributes of the items and why they do or don’t belong together.

Candy Corn Counting
– Students will count the candy corn in each row and write the number.

Sorting Spooky Sounds
– Encourage children to sound out the pictures, and find their matching letter sounds. They may then color, cut, and glue the pictures.


Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use) cut, and mix them up. Place them in rows, face down. Prompt students to turn over any two cards. If the cards match, they keep them and go again. If the pictures don’t match, they are turned back over and it is next player’s turn. Encourage children to “take a picture with your brain” to help them recall what is on each card and where it is. The game is over when all of the cards have been matched.

Halloween Math and Literacy Activities

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Fishy Friends Felt Board Activity

This fish match up game is a quick and easy way to teach colors and provide visual discrimination practice. It can be used as an independent table top exercise, or as a small group activity. In addition, it makes a fun and interactive circle time activity. Pass the fish pairs out, then go around the circle and ask each child to find their fish’s friend. Next direct the children to place their fish pairs side by side on the flannel board. Another alternative is to have the teacher place a fish on the board, and then have the child with the matching fish come up and complete the pair.

Materials Used:

– Felt board
Tacky glue
Glitter Glue
Googly Eyes
Our fish template


St. Patrick’s Day Visual Discrimination Activity

Here is a St. Patrick’s Day activity (free printable) that will allow preschoolers to practice their visual discrimination skills. Opposed to comparing a small group of 3D objects, children must rely on their visual discrimination skills to identify differences and similarities of images. It is important for them to hone these skills in order to strengthen their alphabetic knowledge; they will need to spot the differences between letters. For examples, “b” and “d”, and “m” and “n”.

For younger children, it may be best to work with one line of pictures at a time. Try covering the others with a piece of paper.

Once the child has determined which image is different from the rest, have him/or cover it with a marker. Gold coins work very well and are always popular! For further visual discrimination fun, check out the I Spy book series on Amazon.

Download the free St. Patrick’s Day visual discrimination activity here.