Pre-K Jack-o’-Lantern Patterns and Matching Game

by Meghan

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Sometimes our projects are invented out of the need for distraction!  This weekend we made one of my favorite family outings – to the pumpkin patch.  And of course the girls immediately wanted to carve our pumpkins as soon as we got home.  To buy us another week before turning our pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns, I created these free printable Jack-o’-lantern pattern cards for a Halloween-themed matching game, perfect for your Pre-K aged child or class!

Jack-o'-Lantern Matching Game with Printables

Pre-K Jack-o’-Lantern Pattern and Matching Game

One of our family’s annual Fall traditions is a visit to the Jones Family Farm Pumpkin Patch on appropriately named, Pumpkinseed Hill.  It is always a trip full of amazing photo ops, and this year, we got to bring not only our new Baby M, but my mom who is up visiting from Texas and had never been to a real, pumpkin patch before!

Pre-K Jack-o'-Lantern Matching Game - Visit to the Pumpkin Patch

After visiting the pigs, chickens, and playing in all the adorable sets the farm puts out every year, we finally selected our pumpkins.  As soon as we got home, the girls of course wanted to make their Jack-o’-lanterns.  To buy us another week, I put together these fun Jack-o’-lantern pattern cards for the girls to practice designing their Jack-o’-lantern faces.


This activity requires minimal supplies, and we had them all on hand already.


Orange dessert plates
Black construction paper
Sorting tray
PGPB Printable Jack-o’-lantern Pattern Cards

Cost: Free to less than $5
Prep Time: Less than 5 minutes
Clean-Up Time: Less than 5 minutes

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Jack-o’-Lantern Matching Game

To play the game, print out the face cards and cut them such that you have one Jack-o’-lantern per card.  Next, using your black construction paper, cut out shapes to build your faces: circles, squares, triangles, ovals and crescents for smiles.  Cut out more than you think you will need.  Big M, my 4 year old, did not want to disrupt her faces once she had made them, so we needed more shapes than I initially thought! Sort your cut out shapes into a sorting tray, give your child a plate and allow them to select a pattern card.

Jack-o'-Lantern Pattern and Matching Cards for Pre-K

Big M liked to pick out all the shapes she needed first, and lay them out to create her own game plan, before placing them on her plate.


She decided we should use Mega Blocks to create a little card holder for her pattern cards too!  Gotta love the ingenuity of 4 year olds!

Jack-o'-lantern Matching Game with Free Printable Game Cards

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This activity is one of 12 as part of our Kid Bloggers of Instragram Weekly Activity Round-Up.  Every Monday, at 10AM ET, 12 of our favorite Kid Bloggers share a themed activity on Instagram – follow me @PGPBMeghan or #KBIGRoundUp to catch all 12 each week.  This week is PUMPKINS!  Catch a sneek peak of our feed below…

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This has provided lots of inspiration for our ultimate Jack-o’-lantern designs next weekend.  I can’t wait to see what the girls come up with!  If you enjoyed this post, be sure to pin it and share with your friends!

Pre-K Jack-o'-Lantern Pattern and Matching Game with Free Printable Pattern Cards

Looking for more great Halloween activities?  Check out our Spider Web Jumble and all our favorite Halloween Activities on our Halloween board on Pinterest.

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deb sholar October 16, 2017 - 5:22 pm

I’d love a copy of your jack 0 lantern plate activities

Meghan October 18, 2017 - 2:19 pm

Hi Deb! All FREE printable are available to my newsletter subscribers. You will receive a link to the printables page and the password upon confirmation of your subscription.

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My Bored Toddler November 2, 2015 - 4:29 pm

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing on #toddlerFunFriday

PGPBMeghan November 3, 2015 - 8:31 am

So glad you liked it!


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