Exploring M&M counting and sorting in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 19, 2012

in M&M Math, Mathematics

I just love the beautiful bright colors of M&Ms and today, we explored M&Ms through several different types of activities. We started off all our activities by reading (or exploring) the book, “The M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book” by Barbara Barbieri McGrath…

Which is available here…

We didn’t read the entire book since the math concepts start to get a little over our level of readiness, but just the first several pages of the book made our little M&M counting process super fun…

Each of the children were given M&M’s for counting as we read along with the counting book…

Each page of the book invited the children to select a specific color and number of M&Ms to count out and arrange on their board.  We are using our mini-home made DIY flannel boards for this process…

The book also has the children make a few different designs on their boards like going from corner to corner…

Some of the designs were a bit too complicated for the children so we didn’t continue with the book. But the book proved to be a terrific way to kick off color sorting and counting and designing with the M&M’s…

After we set aside the book, the children continued to create their own designs…

And just you wait and see what we did next! It was amazing, fun, super cool – I can’t wait to share it with you!!!  Stay tuned while I go now to write up my next amazing M&M post!

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1 Joy January 20, 2012 at 1:12 am

This looks awesome! I’m glad the kids had so much fun counting and sorting M&Ms. Did you have any problems with them trying to eat their M&Ms?

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 20, 2012 at 1:41 am

This class is so used to using a wide variety of materials like this, that they rarely try to eat them:) I did let the children eat a few after we finished up our math! It was only the decent thing to do!LOL!

3 Kristina January 20, 2012 at 1:49 am

Yum! I had this book when I was teaching and loved it!

I think M&Ms are my favorite item to use for sorting, counting, and doing any sort of math activity (like graphing).

One time I had my 2nd graders create a survey and then survey every class in the entire school to figure out the favorite M&M of the whole school. It was so cute how excited they were to announce the winner types/colors over the PA system.

4 Joy January 20, 2012 at 4:17 am

It’s great that your kids rarely try to eat these type of materials. But yes, letting them have a few M&Ms after definitely was the only decent thing to do. Too funny! I plan to use this idea in my classroom. Thanks!

5 Barbara Allisen January 22, 2012 at 12:12 am

And when done with the math and somebody asks: Where are the M and M’s?, you can answer: We 8 them up!

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 22, 2012 at 12:30 am

Haha!! Yes, we can:)

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