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Great games for your Christmas fair

e recently asked our wonderful Facebook followers to recommend Christmas fair games to other PTAs. They came forth in their droves, with some truly inspired ideas, which we simply had to share!

Lucky (carrot) dip

Fill a deep tray with sand. Get around 30 carrots (snowman noses), paint five of them gold on the end and those who pick out a golden carrot, win a prize.

Choco cards

Lay one pack of cards out on a table, placing a wrapped chocolate on some of the cards, with booby prizes or nothing on the others. The children choose a card from another pack, and win whatever is on the corresponding card.

Tinsel pull

Wrap a large cardboard box in festive paper and put several holes in the side. Poke tinsel of different lengths through the holes. Short ones win nothing, while long ones win a prize.

Where in the world is santa?

Display photos of landmarks from across the globe, zoomed in close, and run a quiz challenging people to identify the locations. Give prizes to those who get five or more correct answers.

Bauble bobbing

Similar to a 'hook the duck' game, fill a paddling pool with styrofoam shapes and Christmas baubles. Participants hook the baubles out of the pool. Each bauble has a different coloured spot, each colour representing a prize.

Sock game

'Hang a variety of socks on a line or clothes horse and put small items into each sock (such as a marble, comb, penny etc) and the children or adults have to guess what is in each sock and write down what their guesses are (have a pre-printed sheet with name, tel and description of each sock). The winner is the person who guesses all the items. Pull names out of a hat if there is more than one person who guesses all correctly.' Sarah Ellis, Friends of Garvestone Community Primary School, Norwich

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Ho Ho Hole

Prop up a large sheet of hardboard with Santa's face painted on with a hole where his mouth should be. Participants aim small (preferably Christmas-themed) dog toys, like mince pies, at his mouth. Have infants standing closer to the hardboard, juniors further away, and real experts standing at an angle to make it even trickier!

Decorate a plate 

'A couple of weeks before the fair, we give the children a paper plate and instructions to take home. They have to decorate the plate (we have all sorts coming back, including mad, 3D creations!) and contain a prize worth £1 or a £1 coin. We are a large primary school and so get about 200+ entries on the day of the fair. The best decorated plates in each year win a prize. At the fair, plates are ticketed up, and the children win a prize each time for 80p a go. It's fun and very popular.' Louise Skitt, Willow Tree Primary School PTFA, Harrogate

Pluck a turkey

Just like 'pick a straw', but with an added Christmas twist! Make a giant papier mache turkey, and, instead of straws, use feathers with coloured spots on the bottom. Each colour represents a different prize.

Hook a cracker

'This is so simple! Get a load of crackers when on offer (or ask for donations). Hole punch the crackers and attach a paper clip, formed into a loop. Put the crackers into boxes, standing up, and use 'hook a duck' sticks and charge 50p a go. The participants win every time - a cracker!' Ann Davies, Ridgeway Primary School PTFA, Burntwood, Staffordshire

Rudolf hoopla

Hang a large sheet of hardboard with a Rudolf head painted on with hooks on the antlers. Make hoops out of bent coat hangers covered in tinsel, that the participants throw. The higher the hook, the better the prize. Again, have gradiated , two hooks as antlers (made out of bent coat hangers covered in tinsel). 

A coin for rudolf 

'Put a laminated (in case it gets wet) colour picture of Rudolf under a fish tank full of water. Rudolf's nose must be red and just big enough for the largest size of coin to lie on it with a little room to spare. Players drop the coin in and if it lands entirely on Rudolf's red nose then the player doubles their money. No prizes are needed, as winners simply win money back. Provide the stall minder with a towel for when they have to fish the money out. This is a surprisingly difficult game that has adults and kids coming back to play again and again!' Carrie Cooper, Great Easton Primary School PTA, Essex

Pin the nose on Rudolf

'It's the same concept as Pin The Tail On The Donkey except we have a big Rudolf face with a big red nose the children have to pin on! We are fortunate that one of the dads made us a big wooden Rudolf face one year, so we use it time and time again. The children win if they get anywhere near the nose area, and get a penny sweet for having a go if they don't win. They love it!' Natalie Corcoran, Telford Infant School PTA, Leamington Spa

Knock Santa down the chimney

'To make the game, you need a cardboard box painted so it looks like a brick chimney stack, a large Santa cuddly toy and white soft balls - ideally that look like snowballs! We charge children 60p to play. For this, they are given three 'snowballs' to throw at Santa. If they knock him down the chimney, they get a small prize!' Stephanie Scott, PC Member, St. Josephs RC Primary, Aberdeen (380 pupils)

Snowman snap and snowman smash

'This year, we have a load of empty Yazoo milkshake bottles (pupils have them in packed lunches). We strip off the cover and decorate the bottles to look like snowmen - we paint the lids to look like hats and use Sharpie pens to do the rest. The snowmen are then used for two games... Snowman snap: paint different colours for the hats, with matching pairs. Hide the snowmen in the 'snow' (beanbag filler balls). Charge 50p for three goes and if you pull out a pair, you get a prize. Snowman smash: set up your snowmen in a ten-pin bowling format. Paint a tennis ball white and roll it down a big tube to see if you can knock down all the snowmen.' Paola Armstrong, PTA committee member, St Patrick's RC school, Shropshire (200 pupils)

Burst a balloon

'Blow up lots of balloons, putting folded paper stars in some before tying. Colour the stars for different prizes. We use mini chocolate bars and two medium-size selection boxes as prizes. Attach the balloons to a board and use a pin fastened to the end of a stick to pop the balloons. The children love bursting the balloons and we have had no accidents so far! We charge 50p for two pops.' Suzanne Jones, PTA Treasurer, Burwell Village College (440 pupils)

Angry birds knock down wall

'Save large empty boxes and Pringles tubes. Paint the boxes with a brick pattern to look like sections of a wall. Fill the Pringles tubes with newspaper to weigh them down slightly. Paint the tubes white. I bought my angry bird cuddlies from a factory in China via eBay. That way you get them for less than £2 each. Set up your wall, complete with Pringles towers. Put cuddlies in between the towers or on top of the boxes. Give children three balls with which to knock the cuddlies off the wall. Award a prize if they knock them all off, a sweet if they don't. Use larger boxes to make it easier and quicker to reassemble the wall if they knock it all down. Small boxes would take ages to put back up. I'd recommend having at least two people to run the stall. It is very popular with the older children.' Beki Herzberg, chair of Friends of King Edwards, Tyne and Wear (500 pupils)

Decorate a Christmas jar

'We ask pupils to fill a jar with sweets then decorate it in any way they like. It can be any size jar and any sweets they choose. We ask them to do a Christmassy decoration on the jar and there are prizes for the best-decorated jar. These are then put on a tombola stall and there is a prize every time, at 50p a go. This is all profit for the school and a fun stall for children.' Shirley Smith, PTA member, Rosemellin CP School, Camborne (300 pupils)

Snowball scavenge

'Instead of hook-a-duck, we run a snowball scavenge! Fill a paddling pool full of shredded paper, hide ping pong balls -snowballs - amongst the paper. We offer a lolly every time and bigger prizes if children choose a ball featuring the words 'ho ho ho'. The younger childen love it.' Louise Skitt, Willow Tree Primary School PTFA, Harrogate (509 pupils)


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