With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share this easy tutorial for making math-themed treats using Smarties candy and some free printables I had made. These little sweet treats will put some fun into practicing basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication. The "I Am a Smartie Pants!" treats would be perfect for handing out to students in the classroom, to trick-or-treaters, or to use inside goodie bags. Another great thing about these Halloween treats is that you can change the theme from Halloween to just about anything simply by using different stickers. If you will be making these to hand out in the classroom, you will not have to worry because Smarties are gluten-free, peanut-free, vegan, and fat-free.
Today's Project: "I Am a Smartie Pants!" Math-Themed Favors
Free printable "I Am a Smartie Pants!" pages
Halloween-themed stickers (1-1/4"H or smaller)
8" satin or 12" curling ribbon per favor
single hole puncher
Step 1. Print out the desired number of "I Am a Smartie Pants!" pages below. (NOTE: Each page contains 4 favor tags.)
TO PRINT: Make sure your computer's printer is turned on and ready to print. Click on the desired image to enlarge. Then right-click on the image and select print. Use your browser's back arrow to return to this page.
Addition & Subtraction
Step 2. Cut out each tag as instructed on the sheet. Be sure to leave each column of 3 boxes intact.
Step 3. Fold each tag into an accordion shape with the words "I Am a Smartie Pants!" facing out and the other two printed boxes facing each other.
Step 4. Place a fun sticker in your theme of choice on the front of the tag right above the words "I Am a Smartie Pants!" Be sure to leave enough room above the sticker to punch a hole. (I trimmed my large rectangular stickers with scissors to fit my tags.)
Step 5. Using your single hole puncher, punch a hole through all 3 layers above the sticker near the top of your tag, making sure it is centered horizontally.
Step 6. Take an 8" to 9" piece of satin ribbon and fold it in half. Then tie the halfway point of the ribbon around one end of a roll of Smarties candy. (If you are using curling ribbon, please see the instructions below the Step 9 photos.)
Step 7. Bring the two ends of your ribbon together and tie in a single knot close to the ends. Trim the ribbon above the knot with scissors to make the ends even.
Step 8. Next feed the knotted end of you ribbon through the back of your tag and out the front of the hole you had punched.
Step 9. The last step is to put the end of the Smarties candy roll that is not tied to the ribbon through the ribbon loop on the front of your tag and pull it through.
The result should look like this , , ,
If using curling ribbon, follow the instructions below:
Feed the curling ribbon through the hole you had punched. Make sure the ends are even. Tie a knot about an inch above the top of the tag. Then place a roll of Smarties candy above the knot you made and tie the end of the candy roll in place. Use a double knot to make it secure.
Then use the blade of your scissors to curl the ribbon. The result should look like this . . .
If you make these "I Am a Smartie Pants!" Treats, I would love to know what theme you used and what the children thought about them. For more fun ideas, visit Smarties on Pinterest.
This treat is extremely inexpensive to make. I bought a whole bag of Smarties for under $3 and the pack of 18 stickers for just $1 at Walgreens. You can also find Smarties in the Halloween candy section at your local Walmart, Target, Family Dollar, Dollar General, and Dollar Tree stores.
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Our "I Am A Smartie" Prize Pack includes:
1 Theater box Smarties
1 small bag Original Smarties
1 small bag Tropical Smarties
1 small bag X-Treme Sour Smarties
1 small bag Smarties in a Pouch
1 small bag Seasonal Smarties