Throwing a carnival party or school festival? These carnival games are easy enough for elementary kids to play, yet still fun for all ages.
Cut 20 shapes out of paper, number them and tape them to the floor in a large circle. The shapes can fit the carnival's theme, such as pumpkins for Halloween or hearts for Valentine's Day. Have each participant stand on a number. Play songs that fir your theme, such as "The Monster Mash" on Halloween or "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" on Valentine's Day.
When the music stops, each participant stands on a numbered shape. The leader draws a number, and the participant standing on that number wins a cake, cupcake or cookie.
Fishing For Treats
Create a partition either using a large cardboard box or a portable wall. Decorate one side of the partition with an under-the-sea theme. Make fishing poles by attaching string to long wooden dowels and attaching clothespins to the ends of the string. One at a time, kids fish for treats by hoisting the clothespin end of the fishing line over the partition. A volunteer hiding on the other side attaches a candy to the clothespin, gives the line a little tug (indicating that a "fish" was caught) and the child pulls the line back over.
Paint a picture on a large piece of plywood, then cut out holes. The picture can fit the carnival's theme, such as a pumpkin with holes for the eyes, nose and mouth for Halloween or an apple tree with holes where the apples should go for a harvest festival.
Lean the plywood against a wall or attach supports to it and stand it upright. Hand each participant three bean bags and award them small candies for throwing the bags through the holes (or just trying).
Set up a bingo booth at your carnival party. Or, for a school festival, use a classroom as a bingo hall.
Make or buy bingo cards (compare prices). Ask a teacher or parent to be the bingo caller for the evening. Play several rounds of bingo, giving the winner of each round a candy bar or other prize.
This classic carnival game will have kids tossing rings over rows of bottles to try and win a prize. Easy to set up and fun to play, ring toss is a great game for any kids' carnival-themed event.
Play a life-sized version of this traditional pencil and paper game. Human players will serve as the Xs and Os on an extra large tic-tac-toe board.
To set up this carnival game, all you need is a large basin (or baby pool), rubber ducks and straws. Kids take turns (or race each other) blowing the duck across the water.