Student-run stalls for your summer fair
Sourcing enough volunteers for your summer fair is
tricky so enlist the help of pupils - not only does this provide an
enterprise opportunity with them coming up with moneymaking ideas,
it also means extra manpower!
Ian Tudor, PTA chair, St Pauls Catholic Primary,
Bristol told us about his 'young entrepreneurs' scheme
successfully run at their summer fair: 'We asked the teachers to
support the idea that children get together in groups and present a
business plan, consider marketing, costs, etc. and the PTA would
they provide the prizes or materials for the stall. Year 6 took
complete responsibility for it with the best stalls getting prizes
we sourced from leisure centres, horse riding centre, laser quest,
etc. The kids then ran the stalls on the day and they really wanted
to win. Their stalls ended being the big money winners as they were
trying hard to out-do each other. The teachers liked it as they
could make it educational. We ended up with about six enterprise
stalls who between them raised around £600. The children learnt a
lot - one stall sold cakes and they were delivering cakes to people
watching the displays. We had two nerf gun alleys and they dressed
up in army gear and really went to town.'
Work with the school to make sure there's a good variety of
stalls. If your PTA are planning to have several refreshments
stands, you might not want children selling jam and scones. Ask
pupils what sort of things they would like to see at a fair and aim
to have games and activity stalls run by children.
It doesn't have to be just the Year 6 children who you call
upon... get each year group to take charge of a stall, with the
help of teachers and year reps. Encourage children to get a good
rota drawn up so that everyone still gets to enjoy the rest of the
fair. Here are some simple but effective stall ideas that kids
could take charge of…
...Number of sweets in a jar, name of the teddy, weight of the
cake. Get entrants to pay 50p to enter, and the winner (or closest)
gets to keep the prize! If the sweets/teddy/cake is donated, this
stall will be pure profit. Keep the answer from the kids to avoid
it spreading throughout the playground… For 'guess the name'
stalls, print off your list of names based on pupils in your school
as children will enjoy seeing names they recognise.
Fresh lemonade or mocktails
Ice cold fresh lemonade is deliciously refreshing on a hot
summer's day. But if your children feel adventurous, they could add
cucumber, lavender, watermelon or strawberries to create their own
range of healthy mocktails! Take a look at some recipes here.
Children have to carry a bucket of water 20m and empty the
contents into a washing up bowl. They can refill the bucket three
times, but they only have 2 minutes AND the bucket has holes in the
bottom! Have a measuring stick and any child who manages to get an
agreed amount or more into the bowl, wins a prize. Wet, but
Human fruit machines
Three large boxes, fruit, and some enthusiastic students.
Syreeta Oakes finds this to be hugely popular: 'We
had our Year 6 kids make and run this themselves. It's fab, have
three boxes covered over so you cannot see the contents, inside
each box have 3-4 pieces of real or plastic fruit. It runs like a
fruit machine, sound a horn, helpers roll their arms then pull out
a fruit, we do it all matching fruit wins a prize. Very popular
stall at our events!' TIP: Laminate pictures of fruit to save money
Panning for gold
We loved Leigh Yates' idea of a panning for
gold game: 'The golden nuggets were small stones sprayed gold and
buried in a tray of sand, if they found five then they received a
Children love temporary tattoos. They're easy to put on, and
take seconds to apply, increasing your turnover! Baker Ross sell a
bargain tattoo stall pack for £69.95, with over 1,300 tattoos!
You'll need some water and a wet sponge and then you're all set!
Bear in mind that tattoos can last up to three weeks, so it's worth
positioning them where they'll be covered by school uniform for the
last few weeks of term!
Purchase packs of plain sponge cakes (or appeal to your local
supermarket for donations), and separate toppings such as
sprinkles, mini smarties, dolly mixtures into bowls. Have different
coloured icing in squeezy bottles to make life easier. It might not
be a huge profit-maker, but it's always a hit.
Having 'make and do' stalls captures children's imagination.
Purchase packs of masks, photo frames, mugs or key rings so they
have something to take away. Write children's names on their item
and have an area where things can dry before being collected and
An easy one for younger years. Source donated books from
parents, local charity shops and other schools. It's also worth
contacting book publishers to see if they can donate new books.
Jars of goodies
Filling jars up of small gifts and sweets to sell was a hit with
Louise Bailey: 'In our Class 2, parents were sent
home with a paper cup and asked them to fill with sweets, they then
put cello wrap and ribbon round and sold for 50p per cup. Class 3
were asked to get jam jars and they were filled with paper clips,
hair bands, glitter etc. I asked costa coffee to keep their mini
jam jars and they were sold once filled for 50p each bigger jars
Grow a £1
Tina Canning's idea let the kids build on their
imagination: 'Every child starts with a £1 in the class. They could
team up and buy seeds for example to grow small plants to sell.
Club together the ingredients to bake cakes and sell the cakes. It
encourages the best use of making the most profit with a child
starting with £1. Children come up with some fab ideas.'
Play your cards right
'Purchase big playing cards and run a higher/lower game. We had
cheap lollies as prizes from pound shop packs' said Gina
Adamou. It even brings in a bit of maths to the fun! Or as
an alternative have two packs of cards. One is all face up on a
table with little prizes on each. Children then draw a card from
the other pack and win the corresponding prize!
Running stalls with pupils and want to share your ideas? Drop us
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