Easiest effective Christmas fair ideas

(27 Posts)
Sleeperandthespindle Wed 16-Nov-16 06:18:17

Hi,
Any great ideas you've seen for a really easy Christmas fair stall? Can't be anything to make and sell as there is not enough time. Needs to be simple enough to be run by children. Taken so far are lucky dip and present wrapping. Unlikely to get enough donations for teddy tombola or anything like that. I was hoping for a simple game that we could charge 20p for and give a small sweet prize.
So far I've thought of:
Knock over pyramid of cups with 'snowballs' but might be a bit hard to keep setting up.
Any ideas? Thanks.

Pengweng Wed 16-Nov-16 06:31:35

We are doing snowman plop.
Big cardboard box, draw snowman, cut holes in and throw pompoms or ball through. Win a prize if you get it in.

Santa tank. Picture if 🎅 or Rudolf under a clear bottomed tank of water. Kid has to drop a coin and if it lands on the nose they win a prize.

Pin the tail on the reindeer would be easy but not done that one

We also have plinko and whack a rat.

Nectarines Wed 16-Nov-16 06:36:11

Something that kids can sit and make on the day? Baubles, glass pens or paint. Pay to make one and take it home on the day.

Sweet cones are always a hit and kids would enjoy making them and could decorate tags for them.

Place mats?

Name the teddy.

Pin the antlers on the reindeer. Prize if you're within prize zone. Kids can colour or paint the reindeer.

Sleeperandthespindle Wed 16-Nov-16 06:39:21

Thanks,
Great ideas so far.
We can't do anything fiddly and breakable, due to the way the fair is set out, but I'll put your suggestions to the children now and see what they come up with.

SquitMcJit Wed 16-Nov-16 06:42:39

How about the old Guess the Sweets in the Jar? It always goes down well at our school fairs. They sometimes have several stalls of different jars. Just needs a big jar ( sometimes sweet shops will give these away free when empty) contents and a clipboard and pen for writing down names and guesses. You could do a giant list of random numbers ( and the right answer in there too!) then people having a go just tick the one they think is right to make it easier for kids running the stall.
You could do white marshmallows ( sort of like snowballs) - bet you could squeeze loads in!

Sleeperandthespindle Wed 16-Nov-16 06:46:47

I like the idea of the list of numbers to pick from in the guess the marshmallows (cheap enough too).

SquitMcJit Wed 16-Nov-16 06:54:35

Ooooh and advent calendar stylee lucky dip. Borrow one of those material pocket advent calendars from someone and pop a little thing in each pocket ( could be just a giant strawberry sweet or a small toy as you would put in the lucky dip). Person playing the game says a number, pays 20p and gets what's in their pocket ( strictly no touching the pockets). It could be a game where you always win something ( always good to have one of those...) Shouldn't be too expensive to set up if you buy multipack of fun sweets or mini party bag type toys from Poundland. Children running stall can refill pockets ( in secret) as they go along so the fun never ends...

Good luck, hope it goes well!

pklme Wed 16-Nov-16 08:24:48

Ping pong balls thrown into jars, like the old goldfish stall. You could use plastic jars and tubs, or glass if the table is big enough for them not yo be near the edge. Some sweets/party bag toys in random jars, if ball lands in jar with a sweet you win it. Dead easy.

Sadik Wed 16-Nov-16 08:30:29

What age are the children? In secondary my class always ran a "Pick the marshmallows out of flour with your teeth" stall (just like apple bobbing, but loads of marshmallows in a massive tray of flour), and made a fortune. You need to provide lots of slightly damp kitchen roll and have a cleanup station though!

A couple of other stalls that went down well were "how fast can you eat 4 cream crackers with no water" (prize for the fastest over the afternoon), and "How fast can you say the alphabet backwards" (ditto)

Having said that the stall that made most money dressed up the best looking 6th form boy as Father Christmas, and you paid £1 to sit on his knee and get a kiss. (all the other 6th form boys dressed as elves) I bet that isn't allowed these days grin

Leeds2 Wed 16-Nov-16 11:53:09

At DD's primary, they used to have a room that only the DC were allowed in, and they picked a present for mum and dad, which they were then helped to wrap. Would obviously require you to buy the presents before hand. They used to have things like blocks of chocolate, keyrings, bars of fancy soap, bubble bath etc.

Or guess the name of a stuffed Father Christmas or snowman toy.

insan1tyscartching Wed 16-Nov-16 13:11:15

Put a grid over a map, a photo of Santa and explain he has dropped a sack from his sleigh. You buy a square to guess where the sack was dropped, winner gets a prize.You'd only need to agree a winning square beforehand and provide a pen for people to write their name in the square. Winner could get a Santa sack from Poundland with a selection box inside.

secondhoneymoon Sat 19-Nov-16 18:31:51

Can you borrow a hook a duck set? Wrap tinsel round the ducks' necks - always went down a storm at our school fairs.

Haudyerwheesht Sat 19-Nov-16 19:33:23

Lucky lolly.

Board with holes drilled in and lollies stuck in. Some lollies are coloured at the stick end (so you can't see). You pay your money, pick a lolly and if it has a coloured end you get the lolly AND your money back. If it's not coloured you get the lolly but not the money.

Haudyerwheesht Sat 19-Nov-16 19:33:58

Also transfer tattoos

katienana Sat 19-Nov-16 22:31:24

Balance a coin on a lemon floating in a bowl of water. It's really hard to do!

5BlueHydrangea Sat 19-Nov-16 22:37:18

Christmas jokes. Type out loads and have them in a festive box. Kids pay 10p or 20p to take one to read and share!

FeelingSmurfy Sat 19-Nov-16 22:49:46

Packets of rich tea biscuits
Packs of sprinkles
Few bags of icing sugar

Fill bowls with different toppings, few bowls of icing and they pay to decorate a biscuit. It's really cheap and easy to do but whenever I've seen it done it's been really popular. Sometimes a supermarket or local discount store etc will donate the stuff you need

wobblywonderwoman Sat 19-Nov-16 23:00:12

What about name the elf (and win the elf) like the old guess the bear game.

Of guess the weight of the Christmas cake

Or photo booth (selfies) with props but you would need to be able to print them

HighDataUsage Sun 20-Nov-16 03:40:01

Jolly jars tombola? Donations of old jam jars filled with toys, sweets etc..

BradleyPooper Sun 20-Nov-16 03:50:12

We had our winter fair today and I manned 2 stalls: guess the weight of the Christmas cake (wrapped in cellphone so people could pick it up) and reindeer food (kids take a small bag and scoop into it oats and colored sugar, each of them a special ingredient (joy, teamwork, night vision, gps power etc) then tie up with a ribbon. Stall was crazy busy. Others included lucky dip, tombola, hook a duck, pin the nose on Rudolph, guess the name of the teddy etc.....

BoboBunnyH0p Sun 20-Nov-16 06:47:44

Our school ask for donations of bags of sweets, empty jars and bottles of any kind (wine, shampoo, sauce). They are used in the following ways: they have 20 lolly sticks stood in sand each one has a coloured dot (3 different colours) there are more red dots, so you win a small sweet, blue I'd the next popular colour so win a small packet of sweets finally have one or two yellow dots and win a chocolate treat. They charge 20p a go.
The empty jars they fill with Sweets and have an everyone's a winner tombola, it's £1 a ticket and is usually the first stall to sell out.
With the bottles they tie a piece of wool round the neck of each one, cover with half a cardboard box and feed the string thru a small cut out square you then pay a £1 to choose and pull a string.
The nursery always make reindeer dust, pop it on a cellophane bag with a little tag and charge 50p a bag.

Joinourclub Sun 20-Nov-16 06:56:19

Lucky snowman : make snowmen out if upside down white plastic cups. Have 5 in a row and people pay 20p to pick one up to see if anything underneath.

Joinourclub Sun 20-Nov-16 07:09:44

Marshmallow snowmen - people pay to make them. Something like : www.thepurplepumpkinblog.co.uk/2014/05/frozen-olaf-snowman-party-favor-printable.html

wanderings Sun 20-Nov-16 07:37:55

For people who have done "pin the antlers etc" stalls, what do you use as a blindfold? I have found that using a scarf takes too long, especially if the children are applying it. I saw one which was run as follows: pin the elf on the shelf. Choose your prize if you got it on the shelf, sweet otherwise for taking part. To make it more fun the punters would be invited to choose their blindfold (santa hat, bah humbug hat, lots of funny sleeping masks). One winning girl couldn't decide which prize she wanted - she was blindfolded again to choose one!

BlackHillsofDakota Sun 20-Nov-16 09:24:52

Human fruit machine. Three children spin round and grab an item from their bag. If they show three the same the person wins a prize.

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