Game ideas for summer fairs
Make the most of the weather with some summer-themed
stalls at your summer fair.
With donations or cheap crockery picked up in local charity
shops, and an old bookshelf with the back removed, this makes a
low-cost activity. Use small wooden balls and have tarpaulin or
netting (thick decorators dust sheets work well) around the
smashing area to collect up the broken bits. Add a bit of extra fun
by printing out pictures of film villains (Cruella De Vil?) or
unpopular celebrities (Piers Morgan?). Consider broken of
flying shards of crockery when risk assessing your event.
Nothing says traditional British fair quite like a coconut shy.
Invest (or borrow) some purpose-built stakes and balls or position
coconuts on tin cans if your stall is on hardstanding. Have netting
around the throwing area to avoid any health and safety issues.
Order coconuts from your local grocer (expect to pay about £25 for
50), or buy enough for the stall, using something else as
Originating from Yorkshire, where 'wang' is apparently a local
term for 'throw', you simply lob a wellington boot as far as
possible within a defined area. With prizes awarded for reaching
certain targets. Visit the home of the Welly Wanging World Championships for a highly
amusing set of 'official' rules.
Wild water warriors
'This is a big hit at our Summer Fun Day. Cordon off an area of
the field. For £1 each child hires a water gun and lets rip for ten
minutes either in a team or one for all! Our Head teacher
challenges the children to a "fight off" against the staff and
parents... always a winner! Lots of wet, wet, wet but happy folk. A
reminder is sent out in advance suggesting a towel and change of
clothes might be necessary!' Jan Robertshaw, St Mary's
Primary PTA, East Grinstead
An obstacle course is a brilliant way to make the most of the
resources at hand. This can be as hard or as simple as you like,
with benches, mats, tyres or cargo nets all going together to
create a fantastic obstacle course. Make it competitive with prizes
for the fastest times being recorded for all to see. If you fancy
taking it up a notch, hire some inflatables and run your very own
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