Exploring M&M counting and sorting in preschool

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!

 Links to Grow On…

Check out this M&M Snowflakes from Toddler Approved!

By |2012-01-19T22:36:19+00:00January 19th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Joy January 20, 2012 at 1:12 am - Reply

    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?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 20, 2012 at 1:41 am - Reply

      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!

  2. Kristina January 20, 2012 at 1:49 am - Reply

    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.

  3. Joy January 20, 2012 at 4:17 am - Reply

    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!

  4. Barbara Allisen January 22, 2012 at 12:12 am - Reply

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

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. January 22, 2012 at 12:30 am - Reply

      Haha!! Yes, we can:)

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