Thursday, October 8, 2009

Pumpkin Path Game

I have recently introduced three year old Lauren to simple path games. I keep the paths short (10-12 spaces) and straight to make it easy for her to follow. She plays these games with a homemade die with 1-3 dots. As she plays she is developing the concepts of left-to-right movement, one-to-one correspondence, and equivalent sets.

The pumpkin path game is played with a game board, a die, and a small pumpkin decoration (I bought a bag of six at Hobby Lobby).

To make the game board I taped together two 4 1/2 x 12 pieces of tan construction paper, glued a clip art scarecrow to the right side of the construction paper, and used yellow sticky dots to create a path leading to the scarecrow.

Each player needs a game board and a pumpkin. A player rolls the die, counts the dots, and moves the pumpkin the correct number of spaces. Play continues until the pumpkin reaches the scarecrow.

For more information about path games check out Sally Moomaw and Brenda Hieronums' excellent resource, More Than Counting.


  1. I am very interested in checking out the resource you mentioned, More Than Counting.

    I like that a three year old can play this independently and your concept of creating a pumpking game is fun.