Great games for Christmas fairs
Games are great at any fair, but sometimes it's fun to
give them a little facelift! Consider which games have worked well
in the past... and how might these be theme d to tie in with
Christmas? Here are some great ideas that are simple to
Similar to a 'hook the duck' game, fill a paddling pool with
styrofoam shapes and Christmas baubles. Participants hook the
baubles out of the pool. Each bauble has a different coloured spot,
with each colour representing a prize.
Ho ho hole
Prop up a large sheet of hardboard with Santa's face painted on
with a hole where his mouth should be. Participants aim small
(preferably Christmas-themed) dog toys, like mince pies, at his
mouth. Have infants standing closer to the hardboard, juniors
further away, and real experts standing at an angle to make it even
Pluck a turkey
Just like 'pick a straw', but with an added Christmas twist!
Make a giant papier mache turkey, and, instead of straws, use
feathers with coloured spots on the bottom. Each colour represents
a different prize.
Hook a cracker
'This is so simple! Get a load of crackers when on offer (or ask
for donations). Hole punch the crackers and attach a paper clip,
formed into a loop. Put the crackers into boxes, standing up, and
use 'hook a duck' sticks and charge 50p a go. The participants win
every time - a cracker!' Ann Davies, Ridgeway Primary
School PTFA, Burntwood, Staffordshire
Hang a large sheet of hardboard featuring a painted Rudolf head,
with large hooks (made from bent coat hangers covered in tinsel) on
the antlers. Make hoops, again using bent coat hangers, for
participants to throw (with sharp edges bound with tape). The
higher up the board the hook, the better the prize.
A coin for Rudolf
'Put a laminated (in case it gets wet) colour picture of Rudolf
under a fish tank full of water. Rudolf's nose must be red and just
big enough for the largest size of coin to lie on it with a little
room to spare. Players drop the coin in and if it lands entirely on
Rudolf's red nose then the player doubles their money. No prizes
are needed, as winners simply win money back. Provide the stall
minder with a towel for when they have to fish the money out. This
is a surprisingly difficult game that has adults and kids coming
back to play again and again!' Carrie Cooper, Great Easton
Primary School PTA, Essex
Pin the nose on Rudolf
'It's the same concept as Pin The Tail On The Donkey except we
have a big Rudolf face with a big red nose the children have to pin
on! We are fortunate that one of the dads made us a big wooden
Rudolf face one year, so we use it time and time again. The
children win if they get anywhere near the nose area, and get a
penny sweet for having a go if they don't win. They love it!'
Natalie Corcoran, Telford Infant School PTA, Leamington
Knock Santa down the chimney
'To make the game, you need a cardboard box painted so it looks
like a brick chimney stack, a large Santa cuddly toy and white soft
balls - ideally that look like snowballs! We charge children 60p to
play. For this, they are given three 'snowballs' to throw at Santa.
If they knock him down the chimney, they get a small prize!'
Stephanie Scott, PC Member, St. Josephs RC Primary,
Snowman snap and snowman smash
'This year, we have a load of empty Yazoo milkshake bottles
(pupils have them in packed lunches). We strip off the cover and
decorate the bottles to look like snowmen - we paint the lids to
look like hats and use Sharpie pens to do the rest. The snowmen are
then used for two games... Snowman snap: paint different colours
for the hats, with matching pairs. Hide the snowmen in the 'snow'
(beanbag filler balls). Charge 50p for three goes and if you pull
out a pair, you get a prize. Snowman smash: set up your snowmen in
a ten-pin bowling format. Paint a tennis ball white and roll it
down a big tube to see if you can knock down all the snowmen.'
Paola Armstrong, PTA committee member, St Patrick's RC
Decorate a Christmas jar
'We ask pupils to fill a jar with sweets then decorate it in any
way they like. It can be any size jar and any sweets they choose.
We ask them to do a Christmassy decoration on the jar and there are
prizes for the best-decorated jar. These are then put on a tombola
stall and there is a prize every time, at 50p a go. This is all
profit for the school and a fun stall for children.'
Shirley Smith, PTA member, Rosemellin CP School,
'Instead of hook-a-duck, we run a snowball scavenge! Fill a
paddling pool full of shredded paper, hide ping pong balls
(snowballs) amongst the paper. We offer a lolly every time and
bigger prizes if children choose a ball featuring the words 'ho ho
ho'. The younger childen love it!' Louise Skitt, Willow
Tree Primary School PTFA, Harrogate
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