I love Pinterest. Well, I love the idea of Pinterest. I like bookmarking things and keeping collections of things I love. I “pin” a lot of things, and then quickly forget about them and never look at my Pin page again (I’m not even sure how to directly access it!). At any rate, I thought I’d actually use this fabulous site for something useful — finding great games for a Halloween Block Party or some other Fall Festival you’ll be holding at church. Check out the list of games and needed supplies below.
Toddler Skeeball: diaper box, empty yogurt containers, small balls, printer (might want to cover box with butcher paper)
Oscar’s Trash Can Toss: metal bucket, picture of Oscar the grouch, some crumpled paper wads. Click on the game title and scroll down for a picture.
Super Hero Bean Bag Toss: Tall piece of cardboard, paint, bean bags. All I could find was a picture, so you’ll have to wing it on this one!
Ball Toss and Quarterback Test: Laundry basket, whiffleballs, football, hoola hoop
Another Bean Bag Toss: Pumpkins: I don’t think this needs explaining. :) (Though, full instructions are here)
Star Seeker: Recruit some handy men to build this fun game!
Penny Pitch Game: You’ll need large Sheet of Foam Core or Wood, Paint or Polka Dot Tablecloth/Wrapping Paper, Duct Tape, Buckets, Dustpan and Broom, Pouch, A lot of Pennies
Can Toss: Kids either rack up a certain number of points or aim for a certain can — you decide! You’ll need some old cans covered with orange construction paper or other fall colors with numbers written on the outside. Check out the website for a sample picture.
Pass the Pumpkin: You’ll need a pumpkin and a place for kids to sit down. Have the children sit in a circle. Start music and have them pass a small pumpkin around the circle. When the music stops, the one that is caught with the pumpkin is out. Continue to you have a winner.
Fall Themed Bingo: Make a card similar to this, but no witchy stuff. Kids seem to love this game! Plus the cards are reusable if you cover them with poker chips or something similar (pennies maybe?).
Pumpkin Paper Plates: Here’s a cute craft made with orange paper plates. The threading of the yarn would make it a longer project for older kids. Looks like you also need a hole puncher, some construction paper, and a craft stick. These can also be constructed as noise makers — check out the full instructions here.
A few more I thought of along the way:
What Is It: Take close up pictures of every day items and then glue them to a poster board. Try to have kids guess what the objects are. If they can guess 3 correctly, they get a prize.
Candy Corn Toss: Toss Candy corn into pumpkins or buckets. Have starting lines marked for different ages and set a goal amount — like 3 successful tosses gets you a piece of candy. You could also use beads or pennies so people wouldn’t eat all the game pieces!
What about you?
What games have you found to be a real hit at the Fall Fest?