Play Pumpkin Paddle this Halloween

Pumpkin game

Are you thinking about getting crafty this Halloween? Why not have the kids create an imaginative art project that also doubles as a holiday-themed game. Help your little one build fine motor skills, coordination and balance while make a jack o’ lantern pumpkin seed catcher! The game requires your child to catch and keep the seeds (you can make craft seeds or use the real deal) on hand-made jack o’ lantern paddles.


  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Orange and green construction paper (you can also use tissue paper)
  • Clear-drying school glue
  • Optional: Dried pumpkin seeds


  1. Draw the paddle shape onto a piece of cardboard. Make the paddle a circle (roughly the size of a basketball) with a rectangle at the end. Not only does this make a paddle, but the shape also looks like a pumpkin with a long stem.
  2. Cut the cardboard shape out.
  3. Cover the circle with orange construction paper. Trace the circle (from the cardboard) on to the paper, cut it out and glue it onto the cardboard.
  4. Repeat with the paddle’s handle, using the green paper to cover the rectangle.
  5. Draw a jack o’ lantern face on the orange circle or cut out pieces of black paper and glue it on.
  6. Make pumpkin seeds. Cut seed shapes from the cardboard. You can also use real seeds if you have them.
  7. Balance the pumpkin seeds on the paddle and bounce them, trying to catch them all each time – or make a math game. Add different amounts of seeds and count the ones that stay on the paddle.