Making carnival games
Monkey banana toss.
Easy carnival games
One of the things our company has provided for events is simple carnival games with an old fashioned flavor. We made them all ourselves, and got better at it as time went on. Here are a few ideas you can make for your school carnivals. They can even be class projects that students can help with.
Styrofoam wig heads
Embroidery hoops or pool diving hoops
Put each head on a stake. Push into ground. If the ground is hard, hammer stake in first, then put styrofoam head on it. Make a line to stand behind and kids try to toss the rings over a head. The heads are only about knee high. If you are going to be on asphalt, fill some milk jugs with sand and park the stakes in there instead.
Balloon Dart Game:
Caution: Don't let little kids stand too close as the darts can bounce back.
Carnival game darts:
Board to Tape balloons to
Plastic bin to fill with balloons ahead of time.
Don't count on being able to blow up and tie balloons fast enough to keep up with the crowds. Fill the bin with balloons ahead of time. Oriental Trading Co. and carnival supply stores usually sell darts and balloons and such.
Bean Bag Toss:
Plywood with holes in it to throw the bags through.
We painted a clown with a big open mouth on ours. Have someone with a scroll saw or jig-saw cut it out for you, or use a keyhole saw.
The easiest way to make beanbags is to sew rectangles on a sewing machine, and leave a 2" slot for stuffing. Fill with beans or rice or walnut shells or whatever is available and hand stitch the opening shut. Make more than you think you need, or you'll have to pick them up every other minute. The plywood works great for a one time or yearly carnival, but if you plan to haul it around a lot, consider replacing the plywood with canvas and a PVC frame that you can take apart and roll up for easy storage and moving.
While you are packing for the event, don't forget your prizes. Throw in some baggies or brown paper bags too, because little kids tend to have full hands and it keeps them from losing their prizes.
Smart and Final sells rolls of tickets; if you plan to sell or give out tickets for the carnival games. If you are doing a company picnic, have a rubber stamp to stamp the hands of kids that are part of the party. Otherwise you'll have kids from all over the park trying to play the games.
Some other ideas for games include Nerf football toss, Nerf basketball, a kiddy pool filled with water and rubber duckies with numbers on their bottoms, dunk tanks, and wet sponge tosses at the coach or principal. Use your imagination and test drive your ideas before the event to work out the bugs.