Candy Corn Counting is a fun seasonal counting activity that encourages important skills for younger kids. By using Wikki Stix for learning crafts, young kids will enhance fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and gain the extra tactile layer so important for retaining information as they play to learn!
CANDY CORN COUNTING
To Create the Wikki Stix Candy Corn Toppers for the Counting Sticks:
Materials needed: Yellow/Orange/White Wikki Stix, scissors, and Candy Corn
Invite the children to create by placing scissors and Wikki Stix on a table or a large tray. The candy corn toppers are created by folding yellow and orange Wikki Stix “accordion style” back and forth. The children can make the candy corn toppers any size desired. The yellow Wikki Stix is used first (our kids used 3-4 yellow Wikki Stix to make the top portion of the candy corn). The orange Wikki Stix is then placed directly under the yellow strands to create the orange candy corn section (again, fold the orange Wikki Stix back and forth “accordion style”).
To create the tip of the candy corn: the children can create the letter V with a third of a Wikki Stix strand. The inside of the V can then be filled-in with additional white Wikki Stix.
Younger children may need assistance with learning how to accordion fold the Wikki Stix, but there is no wrong or right way to create. It’s fun to see all the different candy corn toppers the children make! Older children can also help create the candy corn toppers to assist younger ones.
To make the counting sticks: place each of the candy corn toppers on a separate yellow Wikki Stix.
Invite the children to create any number they have had introduced (or are learning) with Wikki Stix. Place the created numbers on each of the Wikki Stix candy corn toppers.
One-to-One Correspondence is the knowledge that a certain number relates to a specific quantity of objects. The goal is to help young kids gain confidence not only with number recognition, but to help them move beyond just recognition and toward the question: How many items make up any specific number?
Invite the children to carefully count out real candy corn and place the corresponding number of candy corn on each of the numbered counting sticks. No glue will be necessary as the candy corn will adhere to the Wikki Stix. Note: when our own kids play with candy, it is helpful to decide on the number of candies the children are allowed to EAT (if any) when the math activity is OVER. It not only keeps the kids from eating WHILE they are playing, but will help them focus on the activity (rather than the candy).
Making the seasonal counting sticks is fun for kids and will encourage early math and fine motor skills while creating and playing.
CANDY CORN COUNTING BOOKLET
Materials needed: One printable candy corn counting booklet for each child (Download the Candy Corn Counting PDF Here) and candy corn.
Print the booklet and laminate the pages for durability. Have the children randomly fill in the candy cups on the pages of the booklet with Wikki Stix (see photo below). The children should then count the number of candy corn that corresponds with each number on the candy cups in the booklet. The candy corn can be place directly on top of the Wikki Stix. Wikki Stix will adhere the candy corn to the counting cups without the need for glue or tape.
Invite the children to save the booklet for future practice and play!
Using Wikki Stix to create, play, and learn will help encourage developing skills in young kids. Playing with candy corn and Wikki Stix is a FUN way to enhance playful learning with a seasonal counting activity.