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Fall is officially here! You know what that means, right? It’s the season of the pumpkin! Head to your local pumpkin patch or farm and pick an abundance of these iconic fall goodies. While the bigger carving pumpkins can get a bit costly, you can usually pick up a bunch of smaller ones for a good price. Our favorite farm offers three tiny ones for $1. What can you do with them? Play some fun pumpkin games for kids, of course!
Fun Pumpkin Games for Kids
Pumpkin Bowling- Use a medium-sized pumpkin round as a bowling ball! Gather a bunch of two-liter bottles and fill them up midway with water or sand. Set them up in a triangle shape. Take turns rolling the pumpkin towards the “pins” and trying to knock them down! This game is best played on the grass to prevent the pumpkin from busting.
Seed Toss- While I prefer to bake the seeds, they can also be used in fun pumpkin games for kids. Clean them up so they’re not all slimy and let them dry a bit. Set up small buckets and have kids stand back from them. For young kids, let them stand closer to the buckets. Older kids can stand a few feet back. The goal is to be the one to toss the most seeds into the bucket.
Pumpkin Decorating Contest – This is my favorite of the fun pumpkin games for kids! It’s also one of the easiest, albeit messiest. Gather the pumpkins, kids and decorating supplies. Head outside for this one or cover your table with a big sheet of plastic. Let kids unleash their imagination and come up with cool designs. Judge the pumpkins based on most creative, most colorful, spookiest, silliest or any other category you can come up with. Try to have enough categories for each child so everyone can be a winner.
Pumpkin Toss- If you’re planning pumpkin games for kids for a party, get creative and go all out with a cool “target.” Decorate a cardboard box and cut out holes about double the size of the pumpkins. Using small decorative pumpkins, have each child try to toss their pumpkins into the holes. For more of a challenge, make the holes different sizes. Smaller ones are worth more points.
Pumpkin Seed Guessing Game- I almost didn’t include this one because it involves having the patience to actually count all the seeds in a gutted pumpkin. Then I thought “this could actually be a fun math activity for kids too!” The premise is simple: before opening up a pumpkin, have each child write down their guess of how many seeds it contains. After you scoop out all the innards, divide them up among the children. Each child counts the seeds in their batch of goop. When they’re done, help them add the numbers together to find out who was closest! If your children don’t like getting their hands messy, you can always clean off the pumpkin guts and just give them handfuls of seeds.
I hope you have fun with these pumpkin games for kids! Let us know if you can think of any fun games that we missed!