Fall is here, and that means lots of fun and festive celebrations! At my school, we don’t celebrate Halloween, but I still love having an exciting day in the classroom with my students enjoying some themed games and activities. So, each year I plan a harvest party. These 5 harvest party games for kids are always a hit in the classroom and would even be super fun to play at home!
*Pair with our Fall Centers and Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten!
5 Harvest Party Games for Kids
For our harvest party each year, I usually pick some games and activities and run them like centers or rotations. I divide the students into small groups, and they rotate through the centers so that they get to play each one. These 5 harvest party games for kids are favorites in my classroom and I know your students will love them too!
1. Candy Corn Bowling
You can do so much with a simple bowling game, in addition to having loads of fun! You can work on counting, subtraction (how many pins are left?), and more. This candy corn bowling set is fast to set up and has a super cute theme (the ball is even a pumpkin!). But this adorable monster-themed bowling set would be a hit too!
2. Fill the Frame
I love to incorporate learning activities into our harvest party. This Fill the Frame game is super fun to play in partners! Simply roll the dice and add that number of items to your frame. If you get to 10 before your partner, you win!
This game is easily made seasonal by using fun fall colored manipulatives in the frames. We picked out just the fall colored counting bears from our set to use in our ten frames!
To differentiate for your students or provide a challenge, you could play with the 20 frame version and use two dice for a fun addition game! In the 20 frame game we used our favorite colored pom poms. They were the perfect size!
Grab the free Fill the Frame printables at the end of the post!
3. Monster Bean Bag Toss
In this game you can not only work on aim and throwing skills, but also counting and subtraction! This Monster Bean Bag Game is active and gets kids moving as they take turns trying to knock down all the cans in one throw!
4. Pumpkin Toss
Another game to get kids up and moving is a fun pumpkin-themed bean bag toss game. The one in the picture below would be perfect for older children or as a great challenge to practice skip counting.
In our classroom, we love this jack-o-lantern bean bag toss. The small numbers (1, 2, and 3) make it perfect for early learners to keep track of their points easily. You can play by either taking turns and seeing who can hit the highest number, or you could even add up totals and see which group scored the highest!
Most bean bag toss games come with the bean bags, which I was excited to have because we know that as teachers, we are excellent at using things for multiple activities (songs, chants at circle time, etc.).
RELATED RESOURCE: Pumpkin Activities and Centers for Pre-K & Kindergarten
5. Pumpkin Race
Here is another simple but fun counting game! In Pumpkin Race, you take turns rolling the dice and moving your marker to see who gets to the pumpkin first! We used orange playdough balls to make “pumpkins” but you could use the candy pumpkins, pom poms, or any other fun manipulative as a marker.
Download the free Pumpkin Race gameboard below!
Do you have any fun games you love for fall? Leave a comment and let me know so I can give them a try too!
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