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Fun Carnival Games for for kids20 Fun and easy games for a Carnival to play during your next Carnival themed birthday party. These Carnival games and ideas are easy to set up and inexpensive to put together and most use recycled materials. All of the games listed have been tested and at birthday parties and are the kids favorite games.
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Carnival GamesMoonwalk or Bounce House
A great way to entertain children of all ages at a carnival.
Set up a station under a tent for face painting. You will need a face paints, paper towels, paint brushes, cosmetic sponges, face glitter, small table, a few chairs and several hand held mirrors. Make sure to designate a space for the line to form. For extra fun have the face painter dress up as a clown or character.
Create balloon animals for the party guests to take home.
Mystery Fishing Carnival Game
Kids fish for prizes in this fun game! For the "water" use a very large furniture or appliance box, hang a sheet across a doorway, or cover a table so that the "fish" (and the person in the water) are hidden from view. Tie a string to a stick and attach a clothespin on the end of the string. Birthday party guests take turns "casting" the line into the "water". The person in the "water" puts small gifts, favors or candy on the clothespin and then tugs the string to signal that there is a "fish" on the line. Then kids pull up the line and retrieve their prize. This is a simple but fantastic birthday party game that kids adore! Have lots of prizes because kids will want to do this carnival game again and again.
Buy or make a large circular target with different point values (like a dart board). Use small circles of Velcro with adhesive on the back and attach them to ping pong balls. Kids throw the ping pong balls at the target for tickets.
Lucky Lollipops Carnival Game
Buy a very large Styrofoam cone from the craft store and paint it a bright color. Take lots of lollipops and color the end of about ¼ of them using a permanent marker. Stick the lollipops into the cone - make sure the mark can not be seen. The children choose a lollipop and keep it - if they choose a lollipop that has a mark on the end they get to keep that lollipop and choose a prize, or they can have another turn.
2. Instead of making a large dice for each player use one large dice and have the announcer roll the dice.
Tip: If you don't have the space for this fun game make a smaller version and let the players use plastic horses or cars as the playing pieces.
Bozo Style Bucket Toss
Line up 6 buckets in a straight line about 8" apart. Players stand in front of the buckets about 4' away at the starting line and try and throw ping pong balls into the buckets starting at the closest and progressing to the furthest away. Give prizes away depending on how many buckets they can complete. To make the game easier for smaller children use bean bags.
For this carnival game you will need a table, three cups and a ping pong ball for this fun carnival game. Have the booth operator set out the three cups face down and show the player that they are putting the ping pong ball under one of them. Then shuffle the cups around without lifting them from the table. Ask the player to guess which cup the ball is under. Kids love trying to figure out which one the ball is under! Give prizes for correct guesses.
Fill a large rectangle container with water and place a floating plastic duck in the center. Two players line up at opposite ends of the container and use squirt guns to try and make the duck touch the other players side of the container (or set up a line 6 - 8" from the sides that the duck has to cross). Provide large tubs of water at each side for the players to re-load their water guns.
Guess How Many
Fill a large clear plastic jar with colorful candies, M & M's, jellybeans, rings, carnival mardi gras type necklaces etc. and ask carnival guests to guess how many items the jar contains. Set out slips of colorful paper and pencils for them so they can write down their name and guess. Provide a decorated container to hold their guesses. At the end of the carnival announce the winner and let them take home the contents of the jar. Tip: Count the items while filling the jar - write down the number! :)
Color Me Wild
Use colored hairspray and glitter hair spray to color streaks or give all over color to carnival guests. You'll need a table, chairs, drop cloths, sheets or garbage bags to put over the guests clothes and hand held mirrors.
Lucky Treasure Key
You'll need a large treasure chest or trunk and a new lock. When you buy the lock for the treasure chest you'll need to buy several extra locks that have keys that look the same, but do not open the lock. Place a prize in the treasure chest and lock it. Place the keys in a decorated container and then ask players to choose 3 keys. Players try and find the key that will open the lock and unlock the prize.
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