I don’t know about your class, but for mine, the second it hits October 1st I am constantly hearing, “IT’S HALLOWEEN!” Adding a Halloween theme to our math centers is the easiest way to amp up student engagement in an otherwise blah month.
These FREE Halloween counting mats are perfect for preschool, pre-K, or kindergarten students! You will me able to grab these Halloween math centers at the end of this post.
Believe it or not, I found all of the Halloween manipulatives at The Dollar Tree. If you don’t have a Dollar Tree, no worries. I’ve linked similar manipulatives I found on Amazon.
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Spider Counting Center
This Halloween math center is perfect for October, even if you can’t celebrate Halloween. Creepy, crawly spiders are fun anytime!
For this center, students will roll a dice or pick a number card. Then, they will count out that many spiders.
Halloween Sensory Bin
What’s better that a sensory bin? How about a Halloween sensory bin filled with spiders!
Again, I made this sensory bin using items from the Dollar Tree. It was super easy!
To make the spider sensory bin, you will need:
- A plastic container (mine is from the Target Dollar Spot)
- Black and purple crinkle paper
- Spider rings or counters
- String webbing (I couldn’t find this on Amazon, but I will link a spider web you could use).
I stretch the stringy cloth in places to make holes. I will warn you that the spider legs do get caught in it pretty easily!
If you don’t want to use the stringy cloth, you could also use white yarn and wrap it all around the bin to make a spider web.
Students can reach into the sensory bin with their hands OR with tweezers to grab the spiders!
Counting Bones Halloween Math Center
This Halloween math center is so much fun!
For this counting center, students will roll a dice or pick a number card. Then, they will count out that many plastic bones.
You could also have them use the bones to make tally marks to match the number!
Counting Bats Math Center
This bat math center is always a hit during our bat unit! Again, this would be a great center if you can’t outright celebrate Halloween.
Students will roll a dice or pick a number card. They will then count out that many bats in the sky.
I used bat rings that were included in the pack of spider rings I picked up from the dollar store.
Candy Corn Counting Center
Trick or treat! Who doesn’t love candy?
For this Halloween math center, students will count out pieces of candy in their trick or treat bucket.
Monster Eyeball Counting Halloween Math Center
This monster math center is fun for Halloween, but you could also glue the eyeballs on to make your own monster math craft!
Students will roll a dice or pick a number card and then count out that many eyeballs on the monster math mat.
These Halloween eyeballs are super fun!
You can differentiate this center by using a dot dice, a numbers to 10 or 20 dice, or having students roll two dice and add them together.
You could even have students roll a number dice and then a dot dice. They can practice counting on by starting at the number and then counting on that many dots.
You can grab these FREE Halloween math centers at the bottom of this post!
Digital Halloween Centers
I think we can all agree that this year is WEIRD. If you are distance learning, you could send these center mats to your families to use at home!
To keep students engaged in math centers, even virtually, I have created DIGITAL Halloween math and literacy centers for Kindergarten and 1st grade! Distance learning doesn’t have to be boring.
Find the digital math and literacy centers here:
- Halloween Digital Centers for Kindergarten
- Halloween Digital Centers for First Grade
- Spooky BOOM Cards for Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Digital Centers for the Year Growing Bundle
- 1st Grade Digital Centers for the Year Growing Bundle
I hope you have a great week, friends! Don’t forget to grab your FREE Halloween math centers below!
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