Roll A Jack-O-Lantern {Creative Carousel}

I hope you've been enjoying The Creative Carousel this week!

Fall has really inspired me!  As the temperatures have dropped just a few degrees, I have hit a huge surge of creativity.  I am knee-deep in several fall projects!  Today I decided to share the project that best defines me.

No matter how hard I try to make something just for me--I am always so much more motivated to make a project that the whole family (specifically Little Man!) can enjoy!  So once again, the Mom AND the Teacher in me have joined forces on this little project.

Let me introduce you to our brand spankin' new Roll A Jack-O-Lantern game!

And guess what--I only spent $1 on this project. {Insert husband's congratulations here!}

PLUS there are some downloads at the end of this post to help you create your own game at home.

This game is versatile.  You can adapt it however you would like for your own family!

The idea of the game is to build a jack-o-lantern, with the help of the dice!

I started out with a $1 burner cover from the Dollar Tree.  Yes, there was a rooster on it.  But most importantly, it was magnetic!

I quickly covered that rooster with some orange scrapbook paper.  I added a layer of protective mod podge over the top (because it will be getting plenty of use!), and distressed the edges a bit, too.

Next, I got to work creating the jack-o-lantern pieces.  You will need....

At least 2 eyes (I made 6!)

At least 1 nose

At least 1 mouth

At least 2 teeth

After laminating the pieces for a little extra durability, I added a magnet to the back of each piece.

I had some fun, and created eyes and noses and mouths of all sorts of different shapes and sizes.

This jack-o-lantern still has its stem, too!  I couldn't resist hot gluing a real stick that Little Man collected outside to use as the stem.  We added a ribbon for leaves!

Next, I created 2 dice using some small wooden cubes I already had in my wood stash.

Using the word dice, you simply roll and add that part to the jack-o-lantern.  Here is a quick run-down on making the dice with words...

Using the number dice, you will count the number rolled, and that will show you what part to add to the jack-o-lantern!  I created the number/dot dice just using a hole punch...

I created this little chart to help us play with the number dice!  (You can print yours at the end of this post.)

The fun part about this game is that you may end up with a jack-o-lantern that has 3 eyes... or 2 noses!

Keep adding parts to your jack-o-lantern until you run out.

Then start over!

All of the pieces store quite easily in a bag on the back of the burner cover.  The magnets hold them there nice and snug!

If you want to create your own...

Print the words for the dice here and print the number chart here.

We are having so much fun creating our own silly jack-o-lanterns!

So are you ready to play??

PS Stay tuned for a Creative Carousel wrap-up later today along with the giveaway winners announced!

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  1. How cute! My little boy will love this!

  2. This is fantastic! I could make one of these to use in my classroom with my students! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love it, Love it, Love it. Super cute!! Great job as always Alison!

  4. Alison – this is such a great idea! I love that you can end up with a funky little jack-o-lantern and that the kids will love it! Great job girl!!

  5. What a cute little game, my boys would love this!

  6. So, So Cute! I love the idea and will be making this for sure! My boys will love it. You are awesome!

  7. Too cute, Alison!! I love this. And I love the price tag!!! 🙂

  8. I love this idea!!! Since I’m not so crafty drawing or cutting things freehand, I’ll use my Cricut to cut out the facial features. Better make 2 since I know my daughters will fight over this!

  9. Love this! I wonder if I can use this with my 2.5 year old!! 😉

  10. So, so CUTE, Alison!! Love this!!

  11. Oh I think this is something I’ll have to do with my 2 year old…she’ll love it.

  12. Jennifer Hansen says

    Thank you for posting this wonderful idea! I just finished making one to send to my 4 year old niece….she will love it!

  13. Wow! What a cute idea. I’m going to have to make one of these. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Way cute! You’re not only crafty, but creative too!! I thought you looked familiar… You were the best 1st grade teacher while I was @ DB! I miss teaching too! I’m loving you’re ideas… keep them coming!

  15. Featuring YOU over on my blog today!

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts

  16. Alison, I love this! I made a similar game for my kids with a bunny for Easter, but this is adorable! I love that it is sturdy and re-usable! I am adding it to my pin board as a to-do project. Thanks for linking up to ABC’s Show and Tell last week. We are going to feature your link next Tuesday.

  17. This is stinkin precious! Stumble, pin…

  18. The CUTEST lil jack-o- lantern EVER! Love it!

  19. PS – I am so making this to play with Cliff! He will LOVE it!

  20. Love it. Thanks for sharing

  21. That is so cute and clever! Yeah for pumpkins too!

  22. This is so fun, not to mention adorable!! You did a fantastic job.
    I also wanted to let you know I featured it on my blog today. Feel free to grab a button 🙂

  23. This is so darling!? You totally inspired me and I made one of my own. I blogged about it and linked back to you. Thanks so much for sharing this fun project!
    : )
    Jaimee @

  24. Thanks for this super-cute idea. I’ve adapted it a bit for my older kids, and we’re playing it at our halloween party this year. Thank you!!

  25. tVery disappointed in not being able to get the printables.


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