A couple years ago I took on the entire first grade Halloween party at the last minute. I struggled to find activities that would be easy to explain, fun for everyone and inexpensive. In math that year, the kids had been working with dice – as a visual of how to add two numbers together. I used the dice as the starting point for my Halloween party game. As I was wandered hopelessly through the craft store late one night, a tub full of foam Halloween stickers caught my eye. That’s when I knew what to do. I grabbed a pack of black construction paper, some chalk and I was set.
One of the best parts about this game is that it takes very little advance preparation, so it’s perfect for classroom parties and family activities. Here’s how to play:
Gather your supplies:
- Black construction paper – the tall kind allows for a two-story, extra spooky haunted house
- Foam stickers – I stock up at the craft stores right after Halloween when they’re 70% off
- White chalk
Step 1. Use the chalk to draw a house on the construction paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. After all, haunted houses are more creepy if they’re crooked and crumbly, right?
Step 2: Make a quick guide numbered 1-6 for what each number on the die represents. 1 = spider, 2 = ghost, etc. (or better yet: do this beforehand).
Step 3: Start playing. Roll the die and earn the corresponding sticker. Use the sticker to decorate your haunted house. My two-year-old especially loved this part. Each time he got a sticker he fist pumped, then cheered “I won!”
Step 4: Pass the die and keep going. For larger groups I like to have at least two dice going at once so there’s not a lull in the action. By the time they peel the backing off their sticker the die should be almost back around to them.
And there you have it. Probably the easiest Halloween game in the history of Halloween games. Happy haunted house building!
Before I had kids, I had it all figured out. We’d have a fresh, healthy meal every night promptly at 6 pm. My kids would love veggies so much they’d ask for seconds. Pretty sure I was wearing pearls and lipstick in that daydream, too. Then I actually had kids and realized I have nothing figured out. We’re all damn lucky if we have clean clothes to wear everyday. My days go by in a blur of diaper changes, playdates and carpools; before I know it, we’re on our way home from the evening’s sporting event or school function and I haven’t even thought about dinner. (Dinner? You mean I have to feed them again?!?) Ugh. The kids climb in the car with those hangry scowls on their faces. Beware: if you look at them wrong, they’ll either cry or tear your head off. You’re best to avoid eye contact and get them safely to the nearest food source.
It’s nights like these that Bryce and I look at each other and say, “Hey! Let’s just grab something on our way home.” In theory, it’s a fantastic idea. It’s almost like we’ve never had it backfire on us before. So we go for it. It goes something like this: Enter the restaurant. Sit down. Youngest child climbs out of highchair. Hey, look: crayons! Children fight over the red one. Red crayon breaks. Middle child cries. Order meal. Refuse multiple requests for soda. Oldest child orders soda anyway. Override him and order milk behind his back. Middle child needs to use the bathroom. Take her. Don’t forget to wash. Come back. Wait for the food. Blow the wrappers off of straws and onto nearby tables. Someone spills milk. Usually on my pants. Clean up milk. Grumble about wet pants. Food finally arrives. Eat. Everyone is good as new…like the whole fiasco never happened.
If we could just erase the whole part between sitting down and the food arriving, we’d be fine. That’s when I remembered Noodles & Company. We used to go there all the time when we lived in Cheyenne. There’s actually not a Noodles in Cheyenne. It’s in Fort Collins, CO. But that’s a story for another time. We ended up there quite often because A) it’s good and B) everyone likes it. If I had a penny for all the restaurants where my entire family can eat without complaining, well, I’d have one penny. Another great thing about Noodles & Company? They give the kids a bingo game to play while they wait for their food. Genius.
I figured if I could make a generic printable restaurant bingo game, we might be able to eat out every once in a while in relative peace. Good news: it works! The kids are so busy observing their surroundings that they forget they’re starving/tired/grumpy. I keep extra copies in my glove compartment, because you never know when a restaurant emergency will strike.
I’m sure you’re family is perfect and your children are well-mannered and patient. But just in case they’re not, here’s a free printable for you. If your kids are in fact, perfect, then print some out and give ’em to the rambunctious kids at the next table. Everyone wins.
Click on the image above or go HERE to get your free printable restaurant bingo.
Welcome to my new blog! I’m so excited to share this space with you. I plan on filling it with loads of fun new projects, some old favorites, printables, food and a few pieces of my heart. So please make yourselves at home. I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been working on.
Why did I start a new blog? Good question. I’m still wondering that myself. I’ve both wanted this and dreaded this for years. I’ve had a lot of trouble with my old space; and it finally became unbearable. This past summer, I decided it’s time to make a choice: start fresh or throw in the towel. I thought long and hard about quitting. After all it is the easier option and I’m lazy. But when it comes down to it, I love what I do; and I love sharing it with all of you.
I started blogging six years ago with absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into: no goals, no direction, and no concept of how much work blogging entails. Now that I’ve got a little experience under my belt, I’m ready to do it right. I’m so excited to reconnect with you and meet some new friends here in my new online home. I’m still working out a few kinks and fine-tuning things a bit, so shoot me an email or a comment if you see anything that needs fixing.
I’m so excited you’ve joined me for my new adventure! Thanks for being here.