It seems like every holiday is an excuse for kids to have candy. I’ve always found it amusing that we try to avoid candy any other time, but when a holiday rolls around the sweets are overflowing. Instead of eating ALL of the candy, I like to use it for math games. Of course, the kids will eat the candy while they are working, but at least all that extra energy is going to good use…lol! This free printable candy jar roll and count dice game for preschoolers is a great way to work on counting and number recognition while using up some of that leftover candy. And it works for any holiday!

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– Life Over C's Use up leftover candy with this free printable candy jar roll and count math game for preschoolers. Kids will love counting (and eating!) the candy! Perfect for a math center.

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Candy Jar Roll and Count Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Laminating Supplies
  • Candy
  • Dice
  • Dry Erase

To prep:  Print and laminate the candy jar roll and count mat (download below). You can also use a dry erase pocket to hold the mat if you can’t laminate it.

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To use: Roll your die, write the corresponding number or number word with the dry erase marker and show the correct number of candy pieces. Super easy!

We love this fun set of foam dice from Lakeshore and Learning Resources has a similar set that would work great as well. I prefer these dice sets over a regular 6-sided die because you can practice more numbers by using a 10 or 20-sided die.

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More Great Activities: Free Printable Candy Corn Counting Cards for Preschoolers

– Life Over C's Use up leftover candy with this free printable candy jar roll and count math game for preschoolers. Kids will love counting (and eating!) the candy! Perfect for a math center.

If your child needs more of a challenge, use two dice, add them together and show the answer.

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– Life Over C's Use up leftover candy with this free printable candy jar roll and count math game for preschoolers. Kids will love counting (and eating!) the candy! Perfect for a math center.
– Life Over C's Candy counting roll and count math game for preschool
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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