Low-cost stall ideas
Send envelopes home, asking parents to donate a small amount of
cash - between 20p and £1. Punch a hole in each envelope, attach
some ribbon, and hang them on a Christmas tree. Charge 50p to
choose an envelope (pointing with a wand to avoid cheating). Top
prize is £5, but fill some with chocolate coins, too!
Adopt an animal
Ask for donations of good-quality soft toys or source free ones
on Gumtree. Stick them through the washing machine, then attach a
name tag round their necks and put all the names in a hat. Children
pull out a name and win the corresponding animal.
What's the name of the snowman or reindeer? Have a plush cuddly
toy, and a clipboard listing options - ask the school to provide a
list of pupils' first names on a numbered spreadsheet - children
will often choose their own name or a friend's! Using random.org,
generate three numbers to determine the winning name (and two
the winner at the end of the event.
Ask for donated cakes in the lead up to the fair. Get
inspiration for festive cupcake designs on Pinterest. For tips for getting the best from
your cake stall, read our Cake Plate Poems feature.
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.
Lucky (Lapland) squares
Print out a map of Lapland and divide it into squares. Pick a
secret location for the presents (the winning square) and charge a
fee to guess which square it is, taking down a name and class or
contact number. At the end of the fair, reveal the winner and award
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.
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.
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.
Laminate an A3 picture of Rudolph - with his red nose somewhere
prominent. Place a fishtank filled with water over the top of the
picture, and ask people to drop a coin into the tank. Those who
land the coin onto Rudolph's nose, win a prize.
Let children choose a numbered envelope with a card inside which
tells them what prize they have won, or that they've been unlucky.
Keep it simple by having small prizes or tokens for other stalls
(i.e. free cake from the cake stall), or secure bigger prizes such
as vouchers for local attractions. How much you charge will depend
on the prizes offered. Keep swapping the cards around.
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