This is a game that I created a year ago for my groups. Everyone wanted a Christian “Halloween” game and this is the first thing that came to me. I knew of the book by Liz Curtis Higgs called The Pumpkin Parable. In case you don’t know, she has a wonderful series of “parable” books that’s great for younger kids. So I had to find out what the book entailed and my creative process began. I couldn’t use Liz’s exact words, so I searched out other varieties. I found some totally adorable quotes, prayers and poems. I mixed and matched until I came up with one of my own. The game grew from there.
Players move around the board in the direction of their choice. When they land on a space, they say the prayer (poem) for that piece and remove it from the (Biblical) jack-o-lantern puzzle. When I played it with my students, I even bought a bag of pumpkin seeds and gave each student a few of them to remove for the “insides” of the jack-o-lantern. To light the jack-o-lantern, the players slide a piece of bright yellow paper behind their puzzle so that it “lights up” and shines through.
Below, you will find a JPG of each section of the game. There is a game board, prayer (poem) cards and the (Biblical) jack-o-lantern. There is also a cover, tab label and directions, along with player tokens and a cute poem to add to the folder. The jack-o-lantern that is with the cover set shouldn’t be used. It’s an incomplete version and I can’t figure out how to remove it.
The Pumpkin Patch (This is the entire game!!.)
Click on each image to see the full size image. You can then save it to you files. You’ll need to print out as many jack-o-lanterns as needed so there’s 1 per player. It’s intended to for personal use only. If you know anyone that could use this game, please send them to this post to get the game. I love to share my materials, but I put many hours into creating these items. Please don’t share or distribute this game without permission.
I hope everyone gets as much fun out of it as my kids did!! Enjoy!!