Silly Pumpkin Heads Halloween Game
A few days ago I woke up at 5am with the idea for this game stuck in my head. I guess you never know when inspiration will strike! I have to admit I was more than a little peeved that inspiration was choosing 5am. 10am would have been a much better time. I couldn’t fall back asleep and spent most of the morning planning out this game. And after all that early morning brainstorming, what I ended up with is a fun Halloween game that incorporates learning and physical activity.
Included in this free printable game pack:
- 1 instructions card
- 1 game board
- 6 game pieces
- 4 song cards
- 9 physical activity cards
- 9 shape counting cards
- 1 numbered dice (just in case you’re like me and don’t have any dice on hand)
Click on the icon below to download the Silly Pumpkin Heads Halloween game. I highly recommend printing on thick cardstock or laminating the pages if you print on regular paper. I printed on thin cardstock and then couldn’t find my laminator (how do I lose a laminator?!). It still worked fine but the game will be more durable if you use a sturdier paper and/or laminate.
The object of the game is simple: Help the silly pumpkin heads get to the candy pile!
This game works best with 2-6 players but feel free to print the game pieces twice if you have more children. Each child takes a turn rolling the dice and moving their pumpkin head game piece as many spaces as shown on the dice. If you land on a yellow square, pull a yellow card and perform the movement listed on the card. Each physical activity is an animal movement (“Leap like a frog,” etc.) and is accompanied by a picture of the animal. If you land on a green square, pull a green card, name the shape and count how many there are on the card. Each shape is a different color so you could practice color recognition as well. If you land on a laughing pumpkin square, pull an orange laughing pumpkin card and sing the song. Take turns until all silly pumpkin head game pieces have reached the candy pile!
I glued the game pieces to some fancy orange pom poms so they’d be easier for Goose to pick up and move around. You could also glue them to buttons, pasta noodles, small legos, large beans, etc. This is optional.
Galloping like a horse…
Each time she selected a green card, I had her name the shape, count how many there were and identify the color.
She landed in a laughing pumpkin square once so we got to sing a song. The songs in this activity I learned a long time ago so I don’t know who originally wrote them. So if you happen to be the song author, let me know!
Leaping like a frog. This movement was her favorite.
We both made it to the candy pile! I chose not to make this game a competition as far as who gets to the candy pile first although you could do that if you’d like.
I laid out the cards face up and let Goose choose which one she wanted when it was her turn. If you want it to be more random you can print the cards out on matching colored paper (green cards on green paper, etc.) and keep the cards face down in a stack.
We had fun playing this Halloween game and will play it many more times, I’m sure. I hope you and your children enjoy it. Let me know your favorite part of this game! And your child’s favorite part too!
If you liked this activity, check out my Kids Activities board on Pinterest for more fun ideas!