A few weeks ago I made a Halloween themed memory game that went down in the storm with my loads. Today’s game is another memory game, but this time it’s a Halloween pumpkin pair game. YC loves playing a cupcake version we have from Orchard Toys, so I figured I’d make us all a Halloween pumpkin-themed version.
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You will need:
- Wooden pumpkin shapes available at Hobby Craft
- To paint
I originally wanted to make pumpkins out of paper and then make them available as a PDF for download. Unfortunately, with an 8 month old child to care for the time escaped me and I was not given the chance. I hope I will have done it next year.
The next best thing that I came across was wooden pumpkin shapes from hobby crafts. Although the pack contained three different sized pumpkins, it suited my purpose. It also means that you can adapt each game to the age of the child. With very young children, you can just use the larger size pumpkins. For older kids, like EC and YC, you can use them all.
Start by sorting your pumpkins in pairs. Then paint your pumpkins orange. I painted both sides.
After the paint is dry, decorate one side of two pumpkins so that they are identical. Continue to decorate your pumpkins to have sets of pairs. I used pens and pencils to draw my designs on the pumpkins.
How to play
Toss all the pumpkins together and arrange them so that they are facing down.
Each person then takes turns to find a matching pair. If you find one pair, you have another.
The person with the most pairs at the end wins.
For some reason, we recently played these games right before bedtime. Fortunately, it’s a pretty relaxing game, so it helps calm YC and EC down before we have our story together (i.e. if they don’t start arguing).
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