15 fabulous game stalls!
1 Bucket Ball
Have three plastic buckets of differing sizes with the largest
nearest and the smallest further away. Set up a firing line and
allow each contestant three shots at throwing a ball so it stays in
a bucket. Give a prize if they get all three in a bucket, or if
they get one in the smallest bucket.
2 Balance a 20p on a lemon!
Float a lemon in a jug of water and challenge fairgoers to
balance a 20p on the lemon. Obviously this game costs 20p a go! If
it balances they win £1 - they may be tempted to spend their
winnings having another go! Its harder than it looks!
3 Bats in the bell tower
Create a tower from a cardboard box, with an archway for a
target. Fix little bells that jingle when a successful toss into
the tower is made. Position a ladder leading to your bell tower and
challenge players to throw a bean bag into each space between the
rungs of the ladder. If they manage it they throw the last bag
through the door of the bell tower. Get all bags in the right
places to win a prize.
4 Putt challenge
We loved Sandra McCann's game idea
that would appeal to dads at your summer fair: " We have a £5 note
pinned to a strip of artificial grass (about 6ft long). Whoever
putts the ball onto the note wins. We charge 50p for 3 goes. Last
time we had 110 attempts and 2 winners - £55 raised and we spent
less than £10 in prizes. It can be played indoor too if wet. On the
day with the float I issue an envelope with £5 notes to be given
out to winners. We are a first school with approx. 240 children and
we use the tagline with 'Drive for show, PUTT for doh!'.
5 Duckin' for doughnuts
Lisa Pope, chair, Lent Rise School Association,
Slough: 'We tied ring doughnuts along a strong clothes
rail, using different lengths of string. The children loved it, but
watching the teachers try to get hold of the doughnut with their
hands behind their back was hilarious, let alone seeing them
covered with sugar afterwards! This didn't make much money but
everyone agreed it was great fun and one to do again!'
6 Rowing challenge
Jennifer Littleford, via Facebook: 'We had a
rowing machine challenge and had prizes for the fastest 500m in
different age groups, including mums and dads - it became very
7 Crockery smash
Nicola McCarthy, PTA chair, East Peckham
Primary: 'We made a stand from an old wardrobe and
bookshelf, and placed it on a tarpaulin surrounded by netting. We
used wooden balls and charged 50p for five balls. Old crockery was
donated by parents, charity shops and a local pottery shop. Last
year we made £350.' NOTE: consider broken or flying crockery when
risk assessing this activity.
8 Tin can alley
Stack empty aluminium cans in pyramids on a bookshelf (minus
back). Children have to knock as many off as they can in one minute
from a set distance, using water guns. Have one volunteer taking
money and timing each go, and another to restack the tins!
9 Human fruit machine
Three large cardboard boxes, three volunteers, three identical
bowls of fruit (plastic or real). If three matching fruits are
chosen, the player wins a prize!
10 Pick a lolly
Zoe Bullock, PTA chair, The Firs Primary
School: 'Cover a cardboard box in wrapping paper and push
lollies into it. Colour some of the lolly sticks with pen. We
charge 30p a go. Children get to keep the lolly but coloured
sticks win an extra prize. Our last "Lolly Lottery" made £140!'
Fill a paddling pool with water or polystyrene packing chips
(useful if your fair needs to come indoors at the last minute!).
Hook-a-duck is a lovely game for younger pupils and siblings.
12 Coconut shy
Susan Wilding, PA chair, St Winefrides Primary
School: 'Our coconut shy is always a success, making
over £100 profit! We invested in our own shy and give coconuts as
prizes, spending about £20 each time.'
13 Yukky dip!
Paul Compton, PTA chair, Kings Norton
Primary: 'We use green jelly in big bowls and fill
it with bugs from a pound shop. Children dive in and dig one out -
they love it! We charge 30p a go. Have a clean bowl of water
and a towel at the ready for cleaning up!'
14 Piggy racing
Julie Caines told us the success of her piggy
races: "We bought four battery-operated pig toys from Hawkins
Bazaar. We marked lanes with tape on a table and held races! We
charged 50p a go. The piggies were a bit expensive at £15 each but
we made our money back the first time we did it which isn't bad,
around £50 each time."
15 Balloon pop
This takes a bit of preparation - have a team of helpers tying
the balloons as this can really hurt your fingers after a while!
Blow up enough balloons to allow one per pupil at the school. Place
a raffle ticket inside each balloon, which correlate to different
prizes. Alternatively, place notes in each one saying, 'Have
another go!' or, 'Sorry, you haven't won', but mostly, 'You've won
some sweets!'. Tie your balloons to a gazebo and cut each one down
as it's chosen. Either provide a sharpened stick or let the
children stamp on their balloon until it pops! Recommended charge -
30p per go or £1 for four.
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