Summer fair themes - Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020
The twenties are starting off with a sporty bang thanks
to the Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020. As summer events, they're
great inspiration for your fair, but how can you theme your stalls
and attractions to tie in? We've put our thinking caps on to come
up with some fun ideas!
Pin the flag on the country: print a big map of
the world, and challenge players to pin the flag onto Japan.
Alternatively, use a map of Japan and ask them to pin the flag on
Shot put - Welly wanging: Competitors throw a
welly as far as they can within a defined area.
Golf - Putt challenge: Pin a £5 note to a strip
of artificial grass. Players who putt their ball onto the note win
it. It's harder than it sounds!
Cycling - Balance bike assault course: Create
an obstacle course for little ones to tackle on a balance bike.
Incorporate obstacles such as stars dangling on string and cones to
Table tennis - Ball bounce: Lay out a range of
differently-sized jars or plant pots. Players must bounce a ping
pong ball into a pot - the smaller the pot they land the ball in,
the better the prize.
Shooting - Tin can alley: Pile cans in a
pyramid and give players nerf or water guns to try and knock them
Beach volleyball - Sand art: Collect pretty
jars in the months before the fair and supply colourful sand for
children to layer up in their chosen vessel.
Boxing - Punch pot: Attach plastic flower pots
to a board, with prizes in some of the pots, then cover in tissue
paper. Children punch a pot to see if they've won.
Athletics - Egg and spoon: Players must carry a
fake egg on a decorated spoon, walk around some obstacles and
return to the start without dropping it.
Equestrian - Hobby horse hurdles: Equip the
player with a hobby horse and challenge them to jump over a course
of low hurdles in a set time.
Trampoline - Bouncy area: Hire in some
trampolines from an external provider to put a spring into summer.
Otherwise, how about a bouncy castle?
Long jump - Jumping competition: Players must
jump as far as they can, with prizes awarded for the furthest. Do
this in a sandpit or on soft ground.
Sports climbing - Climbing wall: Hire a
climbing wall where children can have a go at climbing to the
More than stalls
- Many sports lend themselves to demonstrations. See if you have
a local club who can perform a demonstration of gymnastics or
- Ask clubs to bring along equipment which visitors can partake
in under their supervision, such as archery or a rowing
- To inspire your pupils to get sporty, how about a 'have a go'
area? Gather together equipment such as skateboards and
gymnastic ribbons. Under supervision, invite children to play with
the equipment and learn something new.
- Invite visitors to register to participate in friendly games of
team sports such as football and hockey. Not only will this be a
fun experience for the players, it will also be entertaining for
For a different take on the Olympics, how about a Japan-themed
fair to immerse the community in an exciting culture?
- Sushi: Serve as a refreshment, or ask a local
chef (or well-informed parents) to hold a sushi masterclass for the
whole family. Offer children the chance to make their own sweet
version with Rice Krispies mixed with melted marshmallows, sweets
and sliced fruit.
- Ramen: This noodle broth is easy to make in
bulk before the event and serve up to visitors - napkins may be
- Origami: Buy origami paper, or cut coloured
paper into squares. Print out instructions for the table and have
volunteers handy to help.
- Mini zen gardens: Invite visitors to make
their own mini zen garden using sand, plants and pebbles. Using a
cardboard tray, crafters can create their own little garden, making
patterns using a fork, skewer, or even their fingers.
- Kokeshi doll: These are simple wooden dolls
made with a trunk-like body and enlarged head, and often painted
with floral designs. Traditional wooden pegs are a PTA-friendly way
to reproduce this activity. Invite children to use paint, pens and
ribbons to decorate their dolls, and provide plenty of pictures for
- Pokémon card stall: Collect surplus cards
before the fair and sell them on, or turn it into an attraction by
inviting people to trade their cards with your stock and other
- Attractions: Advertise for performers of
Japanese music or martial arts in your local area, or set up a
Football is also part of the Olympics, so these ideas could fit
- Beat the goalie: Each player has three chances
to get a football past the goalie who could be a pupil, or member
of staff complete with huge inflatable goalkeeper gloves.
- Keepy uppy competition: Challenge players to
keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. Award a prize for
the longest at the end of the fair.
- Football tournament: Hold a five-a-side
football tournament throughout your fair, asking a local club to
come and assist. Have different age groups, and get the adults
- Powershot challenge: Borrow a speed-radar
machine from your local football club. Use it to measure the
speed of a football being kicked into the goal - challenge
participants to do it the fastest.
Euro 2020 takes place during summer fair season, meaning your
event may coincide with a match day - find dates here. The majority of matches are
held in the evening, so this shouldn't be a major concern. You can
apply for a screening licence to be able to stream the
football during your fair, afterwards or as a seperate event.
How about theming stalls to different countries? For example,
water into wiine could be Spain, chocolate tombola could be Belgium
and a plate-decorating stall could represent China. When thinking
of stall ideas and country links, look at history, culture,
cuisine, sport, exports and famous figures.
Can you link a country to your refreshments? Think filled pittas
for Greece, chilli for Mexico, burgers and hot dogs for the USA and
your tea and cake stall for Britain.
If it's difficult to come up with a country for each stall,
narrow it down to five or six and set up an area for each one. For
the Euros, you might choose some of the host cities or theme areas
by continent. Dividing the competing teams up into their continents
means you can use more general ideas.
Find the flags challenge
Place pictures of different countries' flags on different stalls
around your fair, Make it clear which country the flag is from.
Provide children with a form so they can fill in the location of
each flag. Award a prize for completed forms, or turn up the
excitement by making it a competition and enter them into a prize
draw at the end of the fair. This will encourage families to
stay longer and visit more of the fair.
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