We love seasonal twists to learning games. This ghost counting game got my boys running and laughing…and practicing numbers!
Make the Ghost Counting Game
- Cotton balls
- White paper
First make tissue paper mini ghosts. Wrap a tissue around a cotton ball, placing the cotton ball in the center of a tissue. Then tie a piece of thread under the cotton ball. This forms a tissue paper ghost! We made about 20.
This game involves tossing the tissue ghosts. If you wanted to be able to throw them more accurately/farther, try use a pingpong ball or a bouncy ball instead. I was looking for something nice and light in case my kids (inevitably) started tossing ghosts at each other.
Then make your number ghosts. Cut the white paper into ghost shapes, and draw eyes. In a circle where the mouth would be, write numbers.
Tape the paper ghosts up on a wall (test the tape first!) or outside. Give each child a pile of tissue ghosts. And let the ghosts fly! The object is to look at the number on the paper ghost, and then throw the corresponding number of tissue ghosts under the paper ghost. So the ghost with “2” on it would have two ghosts tossed at it.
Other ways to play:
My younger son also liked yelling out the number he saw on the paper and then just throwing one tissue ghost.
For older kids, you can write out math problems, and then have the number of tissue ghosts thrown be the solution. For example, I wrote out “2+3” and my son threw five ghosts.
More Ways to Move & Learn this week:
- Leaf Counting Scavenger Hunt from Hands On: As We Grow
- Pumpkin Shape Movement Game from Toddler Approved
- Apple Bowling Counting Game from Coffee Cups & Crayons
- All our Move and Learn activities!
- Our Move & Learn Pinterest Board!