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
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.
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.
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.
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.
'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,
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
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
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
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
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
'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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