Draw a large pumpkin on your poster board (don’t think about it too much, your kids won’t judge you…well maybe they will). I then used a thick, orange marker to outline the pumpkin. Using a thick black marker, randomly write each letter of the alphabet on the poster board. I chose to write them in uppercase. You can do upper or lowercase, the choice is yours! I then took my poster board to my local copy shop to have it laminated. Laminating isn’t mandatory but suggested for use year after year.
Ways to Play:
One to one number correspondence– use a decorative bucket, bowl or drawstring bag to put ABC manipulatives or cards inside of. I have used ABC magnets, flashcards or self-made number cards. Each player takes a turn pulling an ABC out. They then place it on the pumpkin letter that matches the letter they drew. They should name the letter and/or sound when they put it on the pumpkin. If they say the correct letter then they get a point. If they say the wrong letter then they miss their turn and the letter goes back. The kiddo with the most points earned at the end wins the game!
Beginning sound object match– use a decorative bucket, bowl or drawstring bag to put ABC objects inside of. I have plenty of things around my house that I could come up with so that each letter/sound of the alphabet is represented. For example, I put a car in my drawstring bag for the letter “c,” flower for the letter “f,” marker for the letter “m” and so on. Player #1 pulls an object from the bag and then places it on top of the ABC pumpkin letter that matches the beginning sound of the object. If they don’t do it correctly, the object goes back into the bag and that player loses their turn and the next player goes. If the kiddo matches the object correctly to the beginning sound then they get a point. The player who has correctly matched the most objects to the beginning sound, wins the game!
Uppercase/Lowercase match– use a decorative bucket, bowl or drawstring bag to put lowercase ABC letters in. Since I made my poster board with uppercase letters, then I make sure that my ABC cards, magnets or flashcards are lowercase letters for this game. Player #1 pulls out a lowercase letter and places it on top of the uppercase letter on the pumpkin match game board. If he/she doesn’t know the correct letter match, then the letter goes back into the bucket and the next player goes. Each correct match earns a point. The player with the most points wins at the end of the game!
Here is my son playing pumpkin match with lowercase letters
Here is a fun Halloween bag that we use for tossing in the letters or objects for our game. No peeking! Kids stick their hand in the bag and pull out a letter, ABC flash card or manipulative. The possibilities are endless! (Also found at the dollar store)
Thanks for reading and I hope that perhaps you’ve found some Halloween kidspiration here!
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