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Fun Fall Party Activites for Children
A few years ago, I taught a children's Sunday school class at a small church. We had about twelve children in the class of varying ages. It was getting close to the end of October and the kids were getting excited. We, me and the other woman teaching the children, threw them a fall harvest party. We had so much fun, I wanted to share what we did.
The children were invited to the party and asked to dress as different people from the Bible. When everyone arrived for the party our first activity was trying to figure out who was who from the Bible. Each child took a turn standing in front of the group and told about who they were without giving away their names. Everyone else had to guess.
One of the funnest activities we had was fingerpainting with pudding. We had chocolate, vanilla, and orange available for the kids to use. To do this, I suggest large pieces of paper spread out on tables outside or on the ground. Instant pudding works best. Make sure each child has a small bowl of each of the different flavors pudding instead of everyone using from one big bowl. Since it's pudding, no need to worry about artist smocks since pudding will wash out.
In keeping with the fall theme, ask the kids to paint leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, cats, apples, a corn maze. Or have a contest to see who can paint the most original pudding picture. Let the kids use their own ideas for painting.
I suggest doing the pudding painting as one of the earlier activities to let the pictures have time to dry so the children can take them home when they leave.
It is such fun to watch children trying to eat an apple hanging on a string from the ceiling. To do this, the children can't use their hands. Tie the rope or string around the stem of the apple or knot the string around a skewer and poke the skewer into the apple to hang from the ceiling. Have the apples hanging in a straight line being sure to make adjustments of the length of string for the different heights of the children. Give a prize to the child who eats the most of their apple within a certain timeframe.
Popcorn balls can be used instead of tying apples from the ceiling. You can buy these already made. They are lighter in weight than apples so they will be easier to hang.
If space is not available to hang these from the ceiling, have the apple or popcorn ball eating contest like any other eating contest. Let the children sit around a table. Set a time limit and give a prize to the one who eats the most apples or popcorn balls.
Before letting the children bob for apples, (what fall party would be complete without apple bobbing?) set the children on the ground outside to bob through flour.
Ahead of the party, pack tightly a bowl full of flour. Add the flour a little at a time making sure to press it tightly down. Somewhere in the middle, put a small prize in. Gold dollar coins, a piece of candy, some silly putty are just a few ideas of what to use in the flour bowl. After the bowl is filled with compacted flour, turn the bowl over to loose the flour "cake". If it's been packed tight enough, the flour will come out in one piece.
Just as in apple bobbing, the children cannot use their hands. Have them take turns using their mouths to dig for the prize one mouthful at a time.
Now since the children's faces are covered with flour, it is the perfect time to bob for apples. The water will take care of cleaning off their faces. The kitchen sink or a bathtub can be used if you do not have a large free-standing tub for apple bobbing.
Pumpkin bowling is really a lot of fun at a fall party. Use a fence or a soccer goal in the yard to set the pins up in front of. You can use empty or partially filled soda 2-liter bottles as the pins. If you have a lawn bowling set for children, use those pins. The bowling ball is a small pumpkin.
Make this interesting and let the children use a broom to sweep the pumpkin to knock down the pins. You will need someone standing by to reset the pins in between turns. You may also need extra pumpkins in case one bursts while rolling or smashes into something. You can really make this fun by letting the goal of the bowling be to see who can smash their pumpkin first while bowling or who can bowl the longest without smashing their pumpkin.
Kids love to paint. Give each child a miniature pumpkin or gourd to paint and take home after the party. You may want to use markers instead of paint. You could also let the children decorate their pumpkins using stickers. Let them glue buttons and beads and sequins on their pumpkins to make the faces or yarn to make hair.
Give a prize for the pumpkin with the most personality, the biggest smile, the smallest eyes, the most ears. Give some outrageous guidelines for children to use to paint their pumpkins. It is so neat to watch their creativity jump to life.
These are just some ideas for games at a fall party. I have found a useful website, www.partygameideas.com that offers some really good ideas for party games.
We had such a wonderful time at that fall party for the children of our church. I think the adults enjoyed it as much as the kids did. We all talked about the party and all the fun we made for a long time afterward. Seize the opportunity this fall to create some enjoyable, lasting memories for children in your life.
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