Simple Pumpkin Toss
This easy to make pumpkin game is a great way for kids to practice basic addition or number recognition. All you need are small cups and candy pumpkins (or even candy corn). Write a number on each cup and let players take turns tossing candy pumpkins into the cups. Have kids add up their scores and compete for the highest score. To make it more challenging, allow kids to have multiple tosses, having to add more numbers after each turn.
What Kids Can Learn: number recognition, addition skills, fine motor skills.
Candy Corn Math
Using a permanent marker, write a number on each piece of candy corn. Kids can mix and match to find sums, products, or even differences. Have them record their answers on a special candy corn math recording sheet. For a challenge, write more than one number on each candy corn, or have them grab a small handful and find the sum of what’s in their palm.
What Kids Can Learn: math skills, number recognition, addition, subtraction.
Word scrambles and word games are some of the easiest games for kids to play, and a great way to practice spelling and vocabulary. Simply write the word HALLOWEEN or FALL and AUTUMN at the top of a lined piece of paper. Start a timer and see how many words kids can make in an allotted time frame.
What Kids Can Learn: word recognition, spelling, vocabulary, letter formation.
If you’re not quite ready to make your own games this season, never fear! There are plenty of fun Halloween and Fall-themed games on the market with educational aspects and learning opportunities, too.
Learning Resources Veggie Farm
Okay, so maybe Learning Resources Veggie Farm isn’t very spooky, but it certainly takes young children to one of their favorite Fall locations- the farm! On this veggie farm, kids must sort and fill bushel baskets with veggie figures. It comes in a convenient carrying box and is easy to store and clean up. Recommended for toddlers to 18 months old.
What Kids Can Learn: children can practice sorting, color recognition, matching, and early counting skills.
Funkoverse: Disney’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
In the Funkoverse Strategy Game series, you can mix and match your favorite characters and go head-to-head in exciting gameplay. Each Funkoverse game comes with collectible Funko figurines and fun options for customizing your characters’ abilities. Funkoverse’s The Nightmare Before Christmas is perfect for spooky game nights since it features Oogie Boogie, Jack Skellington, Sally, and Dr. Finklestein on a double-sided game board. Recommended for ages 10 and up, 2-4 players.
What Kids Can Learn: Funkoverse requires plenty of reading, strategy, and problem-solving. It’s a great way for older kids to brush up on their higher-level thinking skills!
Peaceable Kingdom: Cauldron Quest
Teamwork reigns in Peaceable Kingdom’s Cauldron Quest, as players work together to find hidden ingredients before a wizard blocks their paths. Kids will enjoy casting spells and swapping potions to help defeat the evil wizard. Recommended for ages 6 and up, 2-4 players.
What Kids Can Learn: strategic thinking, problem-solving, teamwork.
Ravensburger: Marvel Villainous
Marvel’s most evil villains come together for this fast-paced card game called Marvel Villainous from Ravensburger. The Marvel version of the Villainous game series features five scary villains facing off against Marvel superheroes. Kids can use their sinister abilities to take on other villains and heroes from across the universe. Recommended for ages 12 and up, for 2-4 players.
What Kids Can Learn: older children can practice higher-level thinking skills, strategy, reading comprehension>, and problem-solving.
For even more spooktacular fun and autumn awesomeness, be sure to check out these Halloween toys and games from Toy Insider expert, Jacki Cucco, or these not-so-spooky board games or Autumn-themed games from fellow Toy Insider Parent, Darcy Zalewski. Lastly, see all these amazing autumn recipes and craft ideas from The Toy Insider Parents here.