Monday, October 13, 2014

What's Missing Game? (Halloween style!)


Since my son was about the age my daughter is now we have played the "what's missing game" mostly when waiting at restaurants.  It's an easy game to play almost anywhere and you can use almost anything to play.

I made up a Halloween version incorporating a Halloween hunt for the things that would be used in the game.  This past weekend my kids were in the painting mood, finger painting to be exact.  It's not one of my favorite things to do when we are indoors but I grin and bare it.  I've seen so many fun Halloween hand and foot paintings that I wanted to try one and really thought the one I had seen here was super cute.  Since I had all the paints already out we made these cute pumpkin face bags.


After my kids collected the items I hid around the house and put them in their bags we were ready to play the game!  It's so simple but yet the kids laughed and had alot of fun with it.

On their hunt!

Here's how we played:
They took a good look at what was in front of them then closed their eyes while I removed one of the items. Once their eyes were open they would try to guess which item was missing.  We kept doing that adding things to make it more challenging as we went along.

No peeking!


My kids are 8 and 4 and it can be tough to find activities that they both enjoy.  This is definitely one that they both had fun with!!

To make the pumpkin bags here's what you'll need:
Brown paper bags
Orange paint
Green paint
Black permanent marker
Hole puncher (optional)
Raffia (optional)
Your little one's hands!

Paint your little one's hands with the orange paint and the green and press onto the bag.
Once dry draw your pumpkin's face
This part is optional.  I made small holes on each side of the bag with a hole puncher and strung raffia through it so the bag could have handles.

If you like the pumpkin bags but don't want to play the game, simply fill the bags with goodies whether food or non-food related for your kids or for their classroom if they have a Halloween party. We are also taking our bags on a walk later to collect some leaves!


 

30 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea for a game on the go. This would be so easy and perfect for when you're waiting for food at a restaurant or at the doctors office or something. Love it! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks, Leilani! So true, it has been our go to game especially at restaurants. And what's great is you can use stuff in your purse or even on the table like sugar packets, crayons, napkins! Glad you like it, thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  2. I love this activity, my 4 and 7 year old could both enjoy. I can just imagine their smiles and giggles already, as we play. I will be trying this, thanks Susen for sharing.

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    1. Heather, I am so glad to hear that your kids would like this game. I am always happy when I find an activity that both my kids can enjoy together. Have fun with it!!

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  3. What a super fun idea! I love the what's missing game and never thought to bring one along to restaurants. Awesome!

    Cute idea to make the bag too.

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! It really is such a fun, simple game that can be played almost anywhere~!

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  4. This is a great on the go or I forgot to pack a toy game while we're out. I can play this with pulling the stuff out my purse but I think we can make these Halloween bags right now where we're at.

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    1. Natasha! Yes, you can use stuff in your purse I've done that too. Even things on the table at a restaurant! Have fun with it!

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  5. We just played a similar game after reading a book but used elements of the book. I love the idea of doing it on the go.

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    1. Kate, I love the idea of using the elements of the book. Helps with comprehension!! Thanks for commenting!

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  6. I love the pumpkin face bags! My toddler would love this!

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    1. Thanks, Ana! We had fun making them. Thanks for the comment!

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  7. I loved this game as a kid! The Halloween twist on it is great and the bags are so cute :)

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    1. Hi Anna! It's such a fun game and it holds the kids attention! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  8. Love this idea! Great to use to keep kids occupied! Thanks for linking up with us at Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday! Hope to see you see again this week. Party starts Wednesday at 8pm EST.
    Lauren
    Twin Tested, Pin Approved

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    1. It does do a great job of keeping the kids busy while trying to pass the time! Thanks for hosting a fun linky!

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  9. So fun! We used to play this as kids, but never with a skeletal leg & foot! ;)
    Thanks for sharing at #Pintorials

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    1. Thanks Gude! I wanted to try a Halloween version and the kids really had fun with it!

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  10. Thank you so much for linking this post up to The Sunday Showcase! This game looks like a lot of fun!

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  11. What a great game!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  12. Love this idea! Thanks for linking up to the #parentingpinitparty

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    1. Thanks, Andrea I appreciate the comment!

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  13. You're so creative. I wanna play that game!

    Thanks so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week! You are very appreciated! Hope to see you again this week. Starts tonight at 8pm CST.

    Have an awesome week!

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    1. Aww, thanks Bobbi! I appreciate your feedback!

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  14. This game can easily scaled up for any age. My 16 year old plays this with our 12, 11, and 9 year old. The boys become addict edited to seeing who can discriminate a moved item among the most things in a collection. This is such a great skill in practicing observation!
    Our culture is so fast and frenzied. I believe we need to teach our kids to be observers (especially of the people around them).

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    1. Hi Bekki! Thanks for taking the time to comment. This is our go to game whenever at a restaurant too!

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  15. Ohh wow its been such a long time since I have played this, I almost forgot! What a great idea! I think I will be playing this very soon with my little one. Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Thanks, Amy Louise!! We had so much fun with this game and can do it with anything. Sometimes at restaurants we'll use those little sugar packets and some straws,etc!!

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