Saturday, October 25, 2008
Fun Pumpkin Games
In keeping with the harvest/pumpkin/Halloween theme this month I have rounded up the following fun pumpkin games to play with your kids. They would also be fun for class parties, birthday parties, and FHE.
1. Pin the Face on the Pumpkin
Reminiscent of pin the tail on the donkey, this game is fun and easy. It can be done with either a real pumpkin or a poster of a pumpkin. Have each child cut out jack-o-lantern faces (eyes, nose, mouth) from black construction paper. Then, have them try to correctly place the face pieces on the pumpkin while blindfolded. Be sure to take a picture of each kid after they pin on the face.
2. Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Jack-o-Lantern
Play this one like Duck, Duck, Goose--the familiar concept with the twist is loved by little ones.
3. Pumpkin Bowling
Use some plastic cups or 2-liter bottles as pins and some small pumpkins as the bowling ball. For extra fun you can draw fun faces or Halloween characters on the pins. Tip: a shorter lane works better for younger children.
4. Douse the Jack-o-Lantern
Place a lit tea light inside a jack-o-lantern. Have kids use water guns to try and put out the candle by squirting through the cut out facial features. This is best played outside. You will likely need multiple candles to make it easier to re-light them and keep the game moving along.
5. Pumpkin Seed Suck
Have kids use straws to move pumpkin seeds from one location to another (i.e., from a general pile to a cup or bowl). The winner is the one who can move the most seeds in a set amount of time.
6. Hot Potato Pumpkin
Have children sit in a circle. Play some fun Halloween music while the players pass around a small pumpkin. Randomly stop the music every so often. The child holding the pumpkin when the music stops is eliminated from the circle. Continue playing until only one is left--the winner!
Scripture of the Day: Galatians 6:7