A school fun fair can be a very special childhood memory, and a fun fair wouldn’t be fun without simple games and interesting prizes. If you’re looking for school fun fair game ideas, give the following ideas some thought. These easy ideas will make lasting memories for kids and parents who attend, and they’ll want to come back year after year. I have wonderful memories of the fun fair at my elementary school, and your school fun fair can be very special too.
Keep in mind that school fun fair games should be simple enough for elementary school kids of all ages. From kindergarten to fifth or sixth grade, the games should be challenging but easy enough to win either by skill or by chance. Prizes should be awarded for those who don’t win as well as those who do. After all, it’s the effort that counts, and no child should ever be made to feel like a loser.
Duck ponds aren’t just for carnivals. Kids enjoy plucking colorful ducks out of pools of water for any game playing occasion, and a school fun fair is ideal for this fun and exciting game of chance. Pour a couple inches of water in a small wading pool, and fill it with numbered plastic ducks. Award prizes according to the chosen numbers.
A penny toss is a game of skill and luck, and kids of all ages and skill levels can win this fun and exciting fun fair game. Fill a table with colorful heavy-duty plastic containers of various shapes and sizes. Have kids try their luck at tossing pennies into the containers. Everyone gets a prize, but prizes should be determined by how many pennies successfully make it in. This increases the excitement, and kids will definitely give it their best shot.
Ring toss games are always entertaining, and this game is ideal for a school fun fair. Set up 2-liter bottles of soda pop, and have kids try to toss plastic rings around the necks of the bottles. This game is harder than it looks, but kids can easily win. In any case they get a prize, and they’ll have a good time trying their best to ring the bottles.
In years past, schools often set up fish bowls filled with water and goldfish for an entertaining fun fair game, but this isn’t one of the best ideas since it involves live fish that might or might not really be wanted at home. Instead of using live fish for this fun fair game, place plastic or rubber fish of various colors in fish bowls filled with water. Have kids toss a predetermined number of ping pong balls in an attempt to make it into a bowl. Those who succeed get the prize in the bowl, and others are awarded consolation prizes for trying.
Bean Bag Toss
How about hosting an exciting bean bag toss game at your next fun fair? Set up a bean bag toss game, and allow the kids to throw small bags filled with beans three or four times per ticket. Award prizes according to how many bags make it into the box, but make sure each child gets something for trying.
Games of chance are always exciting, and a pencil draw is always popular at the school fun fair. It’s one of the best ideas since anyone can participate. Colorful unsharpened pencils with tags are placed end down into a bucket of sand, and kids pull out the pencil of their choice. They get to keep the pencil, and they also get a prize according to the number on the tag they choose.
A lollipop draw works about the same as a pencil draw. Kids randomly choose a lollipop of their choice, but if the end of the lollipop has a colored dot, they also get a prize. The lollipop is a prize, so kids don’t go away empty-handed, but those who are really lucky get something extra.
A game of bozo buckets is always one of the most popular fun fair ideas. Buckets lined with pillow batting are placed in a row, and kids try to get a ball into each bucket one at a time. For each bucket they reach they get a prize, and they could walk away with anywhere from one to six prizes.
Give these easy fun fair game ideas a try. School fun fair games and ideas don’t have to be elaborate or expensive to be worthwhile. Some of the simplest most inexpensive games are the best ideas. Kids of all ages will join in, and your school fun fair will definitely be a big success!