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Pumpkin Patch (Parable) FFG

Posted by on 10 October 2008

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!!

8 Responses to Pumpkin Patch (Parable) FFG

  1. kathy in colorado

    You talented little lady you! What a cute game! Great job on putting this together. I have been out of town and busy becoming a grandma – I look forward to sharing these ideas with him some day – soon.

  2. Elaine

    Congrats Kathy!! Is this your first?? I haven’t been around to your blog lately. I’ve had so much going on that I can’t seem to keep up right now. Thanks for stopping by and I promise to visit your blog soon!! When your gradson gets old enough, be sure to join my groups. We have tons of Christian games for all ages!! I try to update and rotate my “printables” page as well that has a very small sampling of them!!

  3. Laura

    Oh, yes! I remember this one! It’s so cute!

  4. Elaine

    I figured you might remember this. I did it last year around this time. I haven’t been able to post it as a message via e-mail, so it’s a good thing it’s tucked away safely in our files!!

  5. Joy

    For me it lacked some key points afterwards to help focus what the author was trying to say. Joy

  6. Elaine

    Joy, I’m not sure what you mean by lacking key points. This is just a game for littles that’s based on a poem/book. More would be understood, I’m sure by reading the book, which I’m sure most who use this game would do. The teacher/parent would discuss this more in depth too.

    I hope this at least helps you a bit to understand teh purpose of the game. Thanks for stopping by!!

  7. Debbie

    Hey, I know this game! 🙂

  8. Elaine

    Yep, you know this one Debbie!! I’m hoping some others are able to use and enjoy it as much as my class did!!

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