There’s no doubt about it, math is bound to be more fun when it’s hands-on. There are countless materials you can use as manipulatives for counting and sorting, but my favorite, BY FAR, is candy! Obviously, this can not be an everyday occurrence, (though my son *asks* for “**Skittles Math**” everyday). But as a once in a while treat, it’s the **best**!

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I’ve shared my love of combining math and candy before, so if you’re looking for some ways to use Skittles with older kids, check out this post for how I used them for multiplication, and read here about how we used them to think about fractions.

Today, I want to share some resources that I used with my kids (Kindergarten and First grade) to work on some important early math skills. With a handful of Skittles and these printables, we worked on sorting, counting, adding and graphing on a bar graph and circle graph.

First, I simply gave them a large handful of Skittles. They sorted them by color, and then wrote the total number of each color in the box. (**Note**: There is a color and black and white version in the download).

Then, we **graphed each color** on a bar graph to discuss and compare. We talked about “more than,” “less than,” and “equal to,” as well as simple addition problems, such as, “What’s the total number of red and yellow?”

Then, I gave them each **exactly eight** Skittles for a very simple circle graph. I didn’t want them to have to worry about correctly partitioning the circle, so this circle is already cut in eight equal parts. This allowed them to color the correct number of sections for each color.

Again, we used the graph to discuss “greatest” and “least,” compare the number of various colors, as well as talk about what “equal” means. We then compared the two types of graphs. How do we see the “greatest” and “least” on the bar graph? How do we see the “greatest” and “least” on the circle graph?

This would also be an **excellent way to discuss fractions**, make equivalent fractions and compare the fractions of each color.

Both pages of graphs have a few questions on them, but there is so much more to discuss among the different graphs. **So get your kids talking and explaining their thinking**!

Want to grab this whole set of “Skittles Math” sorting and graphing printables? Just click the link below!

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What do you think? Do your kids enjoy learning math with Skittles or other kinds of candy? **What are your favorite”Skittles Math” topics to explore?**

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Chris says

Sounds like a great idea for us… also, what about edible Venn diagrams? I remember learning about them with boring plastic shapes – triangles, squares and circles in different colors and sizes.

Bethany says

Interesting idea! Candy makes anything more fun 🙂

Let kids be kids says

Love this idea, i know it would grab my childrens attention. I am going to check out your fractions with candy post for my son.

Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

Melanie Thomas says

My daughter would love this, she loves doing fractions and graphs. As her mother, I would probably change it from Skittles to perhaps berries. 😛 I know I’m a party pooper but she does love berries so still win win :). Although they might get a little messy on the paper so perhaps we’d resort to buttons lol. Thanks for the free printables, I downloaded them.

Bethany says

Ha! Yeah I understand, candy is not something that we use very often at all, but it provides a nice change of pace and gets the kids excited 🙂 But yes, buttons or pom poms would work well too! Enjoy!

Diona @ All Day Everyday Mom says

Super cute idea! All I saw were the Skittles and had to check this post out! My kids will love this and want to do it all the time. I’ll probably switch between Skittles and homemade gummies snacks to keep the sugar highs down. Great idea and thanks for the free printables.

Bethany says

Ha! Yes, my son asks for “skittles math” everyday (but obviously it’s not something we do everyday. Or every week)…I like the idea of homemade gummy snacks though! I’ll have to look into that because my kids love gummmies, but I don’t buy them! Hope you guys have fun with this 🙂

Erin @ Nourishing My Scholar says

Love the use of skittles! Our son prefers little chocolate chips when he’s doing math. Thanks so much for sharing at Let Kids Be Kids Linky!

Bethany says

Oh yes, my kids would love chocolate chips too! 🙂

FarZain says

Hi! we had a great time with the skittles math count and graph. Love all of your resources. Have featured you in my blog post

http://colorsofourrainbow.blogspot.ae/2015/09/learning-math-with-popsicle-sticks.html?showComment=1442126944327#c7655851182229553215

Thanks for sharing.

melissa says

how can i get these pages?

melissa says

nevermind, i found it 🙂

Bethany says

Glad you found it! If you have any other questions, let me know 🙂

Emily says

how do I print the printable without buying them?

Bethany says

Hi Emily!

The freebie is in my store, you simply add it to the cart and check out. No need to enter payment info or go through paypal, though, because it is free. Hope this helps! 🙂