This week we did a very simple math activity as part of our special Gumdrop STEM blog hop. My kids are currently five and two years old, respectively, so I wanted to do a simple home learning activity without too many tricky parts. Luckily for me, the kids love counting and coloring, so a little sorting and graphing activity seemed right up their alley. It was super simple. I mean, really really simple. But they loved it. Because CANDY.

Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math The Science Kiddo

First, we took the gumdrops and put them in a bowl. Then we sorted them and counted how many of each color we had. This was the part that the two-year-old enjoyed most. (She’s not always sure what comes after ten, but she sure loves to count.)

Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math The Science Kiddo

On paper, we made a table of all our delicious data:

Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math The Science Kiddo

Second, we made bar graphs of all of the data points, using free printable graph paper from this site. We filled in one square for each gumdrop. (Note: It’s a good plan to wait until after counting to label your graph axes–you never know how lopsided your candy bag will be!) We didn’t do a lot of decoration on ours, but if you or your kid has a particularly artistic mind, you can do all kinds of interesting things with these graphs.

Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math The Science Kiddo

After our graphs were completed we talked about the results. Which color did we have the most of? The least? I pointed out how a bar graph makes it easy to know this data at a quick glance. If your kids are older you could also do some beginning statistics with them to figure out the mean, median, mode, and range.

Last, we ate the candy. This was the five-year-old’s favorite part. (Naturally.)

Gumdrop Graphs | Candy Math The Science Kiddo

STEM Saturday

Building Structures with Candy Gumdrops from Lemon Lime Adventures
Gumdrop Bridge Building STEM Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
Gingerbread & Gumdrops Grid Game from Stir the Wonder
3D vs. 2D Shapes from Suzy Homeschooler

By | 2017-03-17T12:54:43+00:00 December 12th, 2015|Christmas, Math, STEM Saturday|16 Comments


  1. Emma @ P is for Preschooler December 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Yes, candy would have swung it for me too! We’re definitely going to have to try something like this!

    • Crystal December 8, 2014 at 5:10 am - Reply

      Just make sure you eat beforehand so you aren’t starving while handling candy. It was hard for me to wait until we were done to dive in and chow down!

  2. Anne at Left Brain Craft Brain December 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Very fun! We’ll need to try this. Did the numbers keep changing with sneaky hands grabbing gum drops? 🙂 I love too how it’s something that multiple aged kids can work on together.

    • Crystal December 8, 2014 at 5:11 am - Reply

      Thanks, Anne, I always love to do activities that both my kids can do together. It helps all of us focus and learn more 🙂 And I think you may be right about the numbers changing…

  3. Brandi Jordan December 7, 2014 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Graphing is always so much fun and when you can *eat* your sample at the end it makes it even better!

    • Crystal December 8, 2014 at 5:12 am - Reply

      Agreed! It’s excellent motivation 🙂 I wish I could have eaten my math lessons as a kid!

  4. Crafts on Sea December 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Great idea 🙂 Everything is so much easier with kids if you involve sweets!! Thanks for linking with Tuesday Tutorials #pintorials

    • Crystal December 10, 2014 at 3:26 am - Reply

      Yes, you’ve got that right! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  5. Jen Altman December 12, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Candy Math is always fun! Thanks for linking up to Share it Saturday! I’m highlighting your post this week!

  6. Crystal December 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Fantastic! Thank you so much! I’ll be sure to stop by 🙂

  7. Jill R. December 15, 2014 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Math is always a really fun subject… when candy is involved! 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  8. Shecki @ Greatly Blessed December 14, 2015 at 10:22 am - Reply

    We do the same thing with conversation hearts every year on Valentine’s Day. 🙂

  9. Heather - Dallas Single Mom December 14, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Ok I really love this. This is a great project and so very easy for the kids

  10. Heather at Fearful to Fearless December 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    What a fun activity! Thank you for sharing it on Good Tips Tuesday link party so I can pin it for when we start back to school in January! When you get time, come check out my corner of the blogosphere at

  11. KIm December 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Fun activity! Somehow we have missed buying gumdrops this year. I may have to sneak out and get some. We always have them to make gingerbread houses. Thanks for sharing at #made4kids!

  12. Tina January 7, 2016 at 5:19 am - Reply

    Oh, my kids will definitely love this because it involves candy! Such a clever idea to incorporate it with math. Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday 🙂

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