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Run a beetle drive fundraiser

A beetle drive is an old family favourite, suitable for all sorts of fundraising groups, with adults and children playing together. 

The aim of the game is to be the first player to draw a complete beetle. The body parts are each given a number: 1 for eyes, 2 for antenna, 3 for legs, 4 for wings, 5 for the head and 6 for the body.

  1. Players have to roll a 6 for the body before they can add to any other part
  2. Players then take turns to roll the dice, and add the corresponding body part of their beetle
  3. When one player has completed their picture, they have won the game
  4. Source donated prizes for the winners

Theme it!

If you're looking to run this event near a seasonal celebration, theme your beetle by using a snowman, Easter bunny or something else instead!

Success story

Lucy Hatherell, publicity officer, Waddington and West Bradford CE Primary School, Lancashire: 'A beetle drive is really old school but we found it to be a really good icebreaker for parents and children, as everybody moves round the tables and makes new friends! We raised £160, which is not bad as we are a small village school with only 120 pupils. We booked the village hall for free - they have a bar, so they charged for drinks. We charged £4 for adults and £2.50 for children, which included a pie and pea supper (this is Lancashire!). The food cost us about half the ticket price. We also held a raffle. We advertised the event about a month beforehand. Work out how many dice and pencils you need based on how many tickets you sell. I was on the microphone and explained the rules. We had prizes of boxes of chocolates for the top three scorers and a wooden spoon prize for the person with the lowest score. We had six games on the sheet and played three before supper and three after. We started at 6pm to be finished in time for the younger kids' bedtimes. Everyone enjoyed themselves! Family events are much more successful at our school than those organised just for parents - and this is an easy one for our committee to organise.'

Download an outline of the rules and a beetle template.


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