Halloween Math Problems in Redwood City

With Halloween less than 24 hours away, I am so excited- I am nearly jumping out of my seat! I bet your child in Redwood City is too! But it’s not Halloween yet, so let’s squeeze in a few math problems before tomorrow when your child won’t be able to focus due to their excitement, fun plans, and sugar rush.

Halloween Math Problems

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Here are some fun Halloween-filled math problems for you to practice with your child:

1. There are plenty of wonderful spots to trick-or-treat in Redwood City and Silicon Valley neighborhoods! People tend to be rather generous with their candy-giving and the first house you go to allows you to take 3 pieces of candy (1.7 oz each). The next person gives you a king-sized candy bar (2.5 oz). By the time you get to the third house, they are all out of candy.

a) How much candy do you have so far in ounces (oz)?

2. Your brother comes home after trick-or-treating with his friends. He has a huge bag filled with candy and tells you “I bet I have more candy than you”. You look at your bag and challenge him that you in fact have more candy than him. Your brother has 3 bars of candy that are 2.5 oz each, 1 that is 2.8 oz each, 2 bars of candy that are 3.2 oz each, and 10 candies that are 1.3 oz each.

a) If you have 27.8 oz of candy, who has more candy- you or your brother?

b) How much more candy do you (or your brother) have?

For more math problems and fun, check out Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park: http://www.mathnasium.com/paloalto-menlopark

Halloween Math in Palo Alto

In Pigs go to Market, Amy Axelord incorporates math into a fun Halloween-themed story. When Grandma and Grandpa Pig eat all of the Halloween candy, Mr. and Mrs. Pig and their piglets are forced to take a trip to the supermarket to purchase more candy for their guests. Much to their surprise, Mrs. Pig wins a free five-minute shopping spree. On the car ride home, the pigs and their piglets decide to open up the boxes of candy to celebrate their good fortune. In a brief period of time, they manage to scarf down all of the Halloween candy they just got at the store. Given the price per pound, quantity, and weight of the candy, the child is directed to calculate how much candy the pigs ate and how much it would have costed them to buy those items had she not won the free shopping trip in Palo Alto. The Pigs make going to the market an adventure and this story will leave your child eager to go to the Palo Alto stores with you so they can weigh out items and calculate the cost! Pigs go to Market is a fantastic way for your child to practice these skills and build on their math knowledge. Head over to Books Inc in Palo Alto to pick up this wonderful story.

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