Grab a cardboard box, because preschoolers will love this fun fall pumpkin patch counting game!

It provides some awesome fine motor skill practice as well.

Pumpkin Patch Counting and Fine Motor Activity

We used some pumpkin cupcake toppers that I found in the seasonal section at Hobby Lobby. To create the game, I used a hammer and nails to make holes in the top of a cardboard box.

Pumpkin Patch Counting Game

I made 20 holes in the pattern of two 10 frames for easier counting. Then I made some number cards with the numbers 1-20 and put those in a little cup.

Pumpkin Patch Fine Motor Counting Game

The point of the activity is to draw a number from the cup and then count out that many pumpkins.

Pumpkin Patch Counting Game

Inserting the pumpkin cupcake picks into the holes is fun in and of itself!

Janie was anxiously awaiting her turn.

Pumpkin Patch Fine Motor Counting Game

It’s easy to see that 14 is 1 ten and 4 ones. Not that Jonathan really understands that concept quite yet, but we are paving the way!

Pumpkin Patch Fine Motor Counting Activity

Counting to 20 was his favorite because he got to put in all the pumpkins!

Pumpkin Patch Fine Motor & Counting Game

I attached the pumpkin patch sign to a toothpick and made a hole for that too.

Pumpkin Patch Counting & Fine Motor Game

So simple and so hands on. Both preschoolers have had fun just playing with the pumpkins! They were pretending that people were buying pumpkins and putting them in and out of the holes.

Pumpkin Patch Counting Game

Have fun counting!

Pumpkin Patch Counting & Fine Motor Practice Game


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  1. gerilyn Rush Oct 21, 2016

    Cute Idea! I will be making a center something like this!

  2. Pamela Oct 21, 2016

    Great idea!! Thanks Sarah, I love your blog and get excited whenever I see a new email in my inbox from you!

  3. j Oct 16, 2017

    That's great! Can use other seasaonal objects like christmas trees, bunnies,shamrocks etc great!! thanks for for this idea.


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