Halloween Games for Kids

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Today I’m so excited to be a part of Cupcake Diaries 30 Days of Halloween!  She has all sorts of fun ideas being posted.  Be sure to check them all out!

30 Days of Halloween 2014
It’s getting to be that time of year again… time to start thinking about the Holidays coming up.  Halloween is right around the corner!  Do you need some simple Halloween games for kids?  I know I will be helping in my son’s Halloween party at school and I love simple games to play with them.  This Halloween memory game is easy…. Print, Cut, Play.  Let’s do it!

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I’ve made two different files for you to choose from.  Plain black and white pumpkins are perfect for printing on orange card stock.  The cute colored pumpkins would be perfect for printing on white card stock.

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Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on Orange Card Stock)

Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on White Card Stock)

Be sure to print the file two times so that you have two of every pumpkin, creating 12 matches.  Trim off your margins first, then cut the pumpkins apart.  If you print on thin paper, you might need to attach the pumpkins to a thicker paper so that you can’t see the pumpkins through the paper.

To play – Mix all your cards up.  Place all your cards face down.  Take turns trying to find a match.

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Other Halloween activities you might enjoy:

Pumpkin Craft –  Spooky Halloween TreatsHalloween Bingo by Artsy Fartsy Mama – Felt Pumpkins by Vixen Made – Roll a Pumpkin Game by Happy Home Fairy

Check out all these great Halloween ideas!

 

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DIY Fort Kit

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I originally shared this idea over on Or So She Says a while ago.  Just in case you missed it, I wanted to share it here as well.  Do you need an affordable, creative, and fun idea that will keep the kids busy for hours?  I have the perfect thing for you!  Today we are making a DIY fort kit using PVC pipe.  I’ve done a few PVC projects and they are always lots of fun, but my favorite part is that PVC is cheap!

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All the supplies you need to make your fort kit is 1/2 inch PVC pipe, pipe connectors, a pipe cutter (the metal sturdy one is best!), duct tape, clamps, blankets (or drop cloths), and a box to store everything in.

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Now we are ready to cut some pipe.  Cutting pipe with a pipe cutter makes it very easy.  The pipe cutter is very much worth its cost!  We chose 6 different lengths to cut pipe:  4 inches, 6 inches, 9 inches, 12 inches, 24 inches, and 36 inches.  If you get the PVC that is 10 feet long, you should be able to get all these fort pieces with 10 pieces of pipe.  We also got a variety of connector pieces.  Once the pieces are cut, assign a color to each length.  Color coding the length like this makes it so much easier when you need the same size pipe – just get the same color!

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Fort Kit Contents:

  • 12 – 4 inch pieces
  • 12 – 6 inch pieces
  • 12 – 9 inch pieces
  • 12 – 12 inch pieces
  • 12 – 24 inch pieces
  • 12 – 36 inch pieces
  • connector pieces (lots!)
  • clamps
  • drop cloths

Now you are ready to construct an awesome fort!  We have made forts in the family room and in the basement, but today we wanted to do something even more fun, so we made our fort on our deck!  This entertained my kids for hours!  Building this kind of fort requires some thinking and planning.  We’ve made smaller forts before, but this is what we ended up with today.

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Now just cover it with your blankets or drop cloths and camp them on so they don’t keep falling off!

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This would be a great place to read, eat, play, rest, or even sleep!  Perfect thing to do on a summer afternoon.

Here are a few more fun summer ideas for you:  Backyard Campout, Summer Reading Ideas, and Family Reunion Tips.

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Family Reunion Cup Holder

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Our summers usually have several family reunions.  This weekend we are headed to another one!  One of the trickiest parts of having a large group together is cups.  There is always tons of cups all over!  Ashlee has come up with the perfect solution to help us out this year!  It’s the perfect Family Reunion Cup Holder!

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These are very useful at large gatherings, and they are simple to make!  Just follow the steps below to make a cup holder that holds 20 cups (5 on each side).

#1 Buy your materials
You’ll need one 4″ x 4″ post about 25″ long, twenty 4″ long nails, and one base board (about 12″ x 12″ x 1″)

#2 Sand the boards

#3 Paint the boards

#4 Mark the nail locations at 5″ apart (depending on your cup size)

#5 Drill holes on the marks to prevent the board from splitting.  Remember to drill at an angle!

#6 Insert nails

#7 Attach post to base

#8 Drill a hole in the top for a marker holder, if desired.

#9 Wipe off the nails so they are clean and enjoy!

Use the marker to write names on the side of the cup and put initials on the bottom.  That way each person can quickly find their own cup.

Oh, and remind everyone to rinse their cups out before they hang them on the holder (especially if they were just drinking any beverage other than water.)

We hope you enjoy all of your family reunions and parties this summer!

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