Our Build a Jack-o-lantern Pumpkin shape game is a freeze dance game to get the kids moving and dancing – and practicing shapes! Once the music stops, they freeze and use whichever shape they are standing to help build the jack-o-lantern’s face.
Play the Pumpkin Shape Game
- orange and black paper
- sidewalk chalk or tape
- Halloween music
Cut out several pumpkins from the orange. I like to do about 3 per child, but I change the number depending on the number (and interest level!) of the group. You can also have the kids work collaboratively to build the faces.
Decide which shapes you want to work on. Then cut out a variety of these shapes from the black paper. We used circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles. These shapes will form the pumpkin’s face, so they should be sized proportionately to the pumpkins you cut.
Tape the pumpkins to a wall or fence. Then using sidewalk chalk or tape, outline several large shapes, using the same shapes you cut out. Place the small black shapes into (or near) the outline of the corresponding shape (so squares into the square, circles into the circle).
Bring the kids over and play! Tell them that they will be building a face for their pumpkins, and show them which pumpkins are theirs. (Or tell them that they are working together to build each jack-o-lantern). Turn on the Halloween music (for song ideas, check out our playlist). As the music plays, the children hop, dance, or run from shape to shape. When you pause the music, the children stop. They look down at the shape they are standing on and call it out. Then they pick up the shape, and bring it over to their pumpkin, and tape it as part of the face. Keep on playing until all the jack-o-lanterns are built!
More Ways to Move & Learn this week:
- ABC Say & Stomp from Coffee Cups & Crayons
- Unscramble Your Name Activity from Hands On: As We Grow
- Build Your Name Apple Tree Game from Toddler Approved
- All our Move and Learn activities!
- Our Move & Learn Pinterest Board!