My husband and I are not big candy eaters, so we’re a little uncertain about what to do with the post-Halloween pile of sugar sitting on our kitchen hutch. Our kids have not been very interested in eating it either, with one exception: our preschooler loves M&Ms. He doesn’t ask for them often, but maybe once every other day he has inched his nose up over the countertop looking for one of those little brown bags.
I can handle this fairly conservative level of sugar consumption, so I typically give him permission. However, I also don’t miss an opportunity for a preschool math activity. Before he gets to eat them, he’s sorting, counting, and comparing groups. Even while he’s eating, we’re talking subtraction.
It’s so easy to teach math in authentic contexts. I recommend a healthy serving daily.