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 glance in that direction again. However, today, 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.
You’ll need: diaper box, empty yogurt containers, small balls, printer (optional: butcher paper or newspaper to cover box). Click on the title above for full instructions.
You’ll need: metal bucket, picture of Oscar the grouch, some crumpled paper wads. Click on the game title scroll down for a picture (in the original post) as well as lots of other Sesame street ideas.
Super Hero Bean Bag Toss
You’ll need: 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
You’ll need: Whiffle balls, football, or frisbies; hoola hoop, and rope to suspend hoop. For this game, simply suspend a hoola hoop from somewhere and have kids toss the ball/frisbie through the hole. Be sure to mark the start line so they don’t inch too close!
Check out the picture below and full instructions are here).
Recruit some handy men to build this fun game! I spotted this idea in Family Fun Magazine. If you don’t subscribe you should! It’s always full of great ideas.
You’ll need: large Sheet of Foam Core or Wood, Paint or Polka Dot Tablecloth/Wrapping Paper, Duct Tape, Buckets, Dustpan and Broom, Pouch, lot of pennies
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.
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 scary 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:
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?