This game was surprisingly more difficult than I expected it would be for my 10, 9, and 7 year olds.
I don’t know if they were just not in the pumpkin-matching mindset or if they need more matching practice or if the pumpkin faces were just a wee bit too similar–but it took them a while to match the 24 pumpkins.
Hoping that it’s not too tough for a Halloween class party later this month because I think it would be and ideal way to get kids up and moving and thinking and interacting.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Pumpkin Match Game:
Pumpkin Match is super-simple, and it took all of several minutes to create.
Though my initial plan was to create faces on the pumpkins using permanent markers, it didn’t work. The pumpkins were too glossy and the shapes got really grainy.
So instead I grabbed the letter and number stickers and went to work.
I used numbers for eyes and letters for mouths and cut here and there to try to make the silliest faces I possibly could. And they turned out super cute.
Then I cut the pumpkins straight down the middle. And I mixed them all up.
Maddy, Owen, and Cora all had an absolute blast trying to find pairs in this simple Pumpkin Match Game.
I will definitely use this for future Halloween class parties, though I may mix things up a bit.
Depending on class size, I may take the number of students, divide it in half and use that many pumpkins. Then I’ll give each student a pumpkin half and have them find their match.
Whoops! This pumpkin above is not a match!
Or I may:
- give each student one piece of a pumpkin and have the other pieces hidden around the classroom to get them up and moving a bit;
- use half of the pumpkins for round one and then introduce more pumpkins each round;
- give each student two pieces and have them try to find the two people they ‘fit’ with;
- take it outside and make it a pumpkin race–after they find their match, they race to put their finished pumpkin on the playground line or in a big circle: the pumpkin ‘patch';
- challenge the students to figure out which numbers and letters are hiding in their pumpkin’s faces;
- place half of the pumpkins all around the playground or classroom floor and hand out the other half to the students and have them match up their pieces.
The possibilities are endless! Halloween is so much fun!!
Want a few more fun halloween party ideas?
- halloween class party ideas
- halloween ghost cookies
- boo! your neighbors
- alternatives to halloween candy
- halloween joke notes
- halloween learning
- hats, cats, and pumpkin grid game
- dinner in a pumpkin
- candy experiments
fyi: I am proud to be a #staplesclassroom partner and received my pumpkin cut-outs from my friends at Staples. This post was written as part of the #staplesclassroom campaign. Please check out my Staples post about rocking some fall classroom decorations.