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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!

Olympics

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 Tokyo. 

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 ride around. 

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 down.  

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 top. 

More than stalls

  • Many sports lend themselves to demonstrations. See if you have a local club who can perform a demonstration of gymnastics or martial arts.
  • Ask clubs to bring along equipment which visitors can partake in under their supervision, such as archery or a rowing machine. 
  • 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 the spectators! 

Japan-themed fair

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 required!
  • 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 inspiration.
  • 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 players.
  • Attractions: Advertise for performers of Japanese music or martial arts in your local area, or set up a karaoke tent.

Euro 2020

Football is also part of the Olympics, so these ideas could fit either theme.

  • 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 involved too!
  • 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.

Timings

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.

Around-the-world stalls

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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