Combine fun and learning with this fun fall craft for kids! A craft for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade that integrates math, fine motor skills, and more!
Counting is fun, counting while making a witch’s brew is even more fun! This is a great fall-themed math activity that promotes comparing two numbers using the words greater than, less than, or equal to. You can easily adjust this activity for younger kids by having them work on counting and one-to-one correspondence.
Here are some math ideas with this Math Brew Fall Activity!
✔ One-to-one correspondence
✔ Fine motor skills
- black poster board or construction paper
- pom poms (2 colors)
- googly eyes
How To Make this fall craft for kids
The first step is to gather your materials. I used black poster board to cut out the cauldron. And then we had an assortment of pom-poms, which we chose two colors for the activity. We also had an assortment of googly eyes. All of these materials were purchased at the local dollar store.
Next, cut out the cauldron shape. Don’t get caught up if it’s not perfect. No worries.
Have the kids separate out their two colors of their pom-poms. This is when you can integrate math. Ask the child, which color has more? Which color have less than? Take it a step further and ask how many pom-poms there will be if you take one away or two away. I liked integrating the math before gluing so that the objects can be manipulated, grouped, and sorted.
Rub the glue all over the top of the cauldron and then stick the pom-poms.
Add the googly eyes. Put glue on the back of the eye and stick on top of the pom-poms.
In the end, you have your Math Brew Witch’s Cauldron. When the child creates the label they can add their name in place of “Math” so it would be John’s Brew, Blake’s Brew, etc.
Tips To Integrate Math
- For younger kids, simply asking them to count the pom-poms while gluing helps them with one to one correspondence and counting in order. They can also count the googly eyes.
- Have younger children, sort the pom-poms by color.
- Make patterns with the pom-poms.
- To integrate math standards of learning, provide practice comparing two numbers. Encourage children to use the words greater than, less than, or equal to.
- Also asking children “Look at your orange pom-poms. What is one more/one less?” Or ask the child how many do they have all together.
- There are many ways to integrate math when you have tangible objects to count, group, and use math language to talk about.
Books That Further The Lesson
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Counting on Fall – As young readers journey into the natural world, they will discover that numbers, patterns, shapes ― and much more! ― can be found by observing everyday plants and animals.
We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt – There are lots of beautiful fall leaves to find! Three friends have a big adventure hiking over a mountain and through a forest to collect leaves of all kinds and colors.
10 Orange Pumpkins – This counting book opens with 10 orange pumpkins on a farm. As the rhyming, rhythmic verses roll along, one pumpkin after another disappears, but observant children will be able to figure out what happens to each.
And how cute would these apple counters be for math stations or small group!
More fun fall crafts for kids
Pumpkin Math Activity – This pumpkin math activity is perfect for number recognition, one to one correspondence (i.e., matching sets, or knowing which group has four and which has five), identifying more or less quantity, and counting verbally.
Fall Sensory Bin – We love sensory bins! They are so engaging for children and such a fun way to explore and learn about our environment.
DIY Fall Globe – Are you looking for easy, inexpensive fall crafts for kids? These DIY Fall Snow Globes are easy to make and your kids will enjoy the experience.