Are you looking for a classroom Halloween game or just something fun to play with your kids? This ghost toss game may be just the thing to sneak a little math into your Halloween party. (some links are affiliate)
Small buckets or baskets
A way to label with numbers
My buckets are metal, so I made small labels from cardstock, sealed them in clear contact paper (a laminator would be awesome too – this is a great one ) and glued a small piece of magnet to the back. Now I can easily change the numbers on the buckets with a dry-erase marker.
Another option would be to attach chalkboard labels to clothespins and clip those to the tops of the buckets.
To make the ghosts you need 3 strips of toilet paper, each 3 squares long. Lay two pieces across each other. Roll the other piece into a ball and place in the center of the other two.
Wrap flat pieces around the ball, gathering to make the head, and secure with a piece of string. Add two eyes and a mouth with a marker. Make at least 3 ghosts.
To play the game, have a child toss the ghosts, one at a time, until they get 2 ghosts into a bucket (it’s ok if they’re the same bucket) Then based on their skill level, give them a math problem with those two numbers. For example: 4+7 or 8-3 or 5×5.
For preschoolers, they could even just identify the number. So many possibilities here, right?
My sweet 4th grader was hoping that if they got the answer right (3×5=15, then that would mean she would win 15 pieces of candy! I’m afraid I burst her bubble on that one 🙂
Would your kids like this game? I hope you give it a try and let me know!
For more kids Halloween games, try these posts:
Halloween bean bags