I’m excited to walk you through how to DIY one of my favorite Halloween games for use at home with your kiddos or perhaps you’re looking for ideas for your next Halloween party! Spoiler: Even my “big kids” love it!
Supplies needed for assembling the game board:
Directions for game assembly:
Draw a large ghost on your poster board. I use a thick, black marker to outline the ghost. Cut out your ghost. I then randomly wrote numbers 1-10 on the ghost’s body in markers. I then took my game board to my local copy shop to have it laminated. Laminating isn’t mandatory but suggested for use year after year.
Supplies needed for “3 ways to play”:
- Ghost game board (see directions above for assembly)
- Halloween manipulatives
- Number cards or Number manipulatives
- Drawstring bag
3 Ways to Play:
One to one number correspondence use a decorative bucket, bowl or drawstring bag to put numbers 1-10 inside of. I have used number magnets, flashcards or self-made number cards. Each kiddo takes a turn pulling a number out. They then place it on the ghostly number that matches their number. They should name the number when they put it on the ghost. If they say the correct number then they get a point. If they say the wrong number then they miss their turn and the number goes back. The kiddo with the most points earned at the end wins the game!
Counting with Halloween manipulatives- roll a die and place that number of spiders or bats on the number that corresponds to the dice. If they do it right, they get a point. If they do it wrong, then they miss their turn and the next player goes. The kiddo with the most points earned at the end wins the game!
Ghostly Addition– With my “big kids” we roll 2 die and then add the numbers. They then place that many manipulatives on the ghost mat that matches the answer. For example, if player #1 rolls a 2 and a 3, then the answer is 5. Player #1 then places 5 bats or spiders on the #5! That number is then “locked.” So if it is rolled again, then that player loses their turn or gets another turn, however you choose to play.
We use this cute plastic Halloween container with lid to store all of our bats, spiders, and bugs manipulatives! All of these items were purchased at the dollar store, if you’d rather do your shopping online, I’ve provided the links above.
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