Fun fair games for kids

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Fun fair games for kids
Kids love games with prizes. (carnival games image by Janet Wall from Fotolia.com)

Few things compare to the fun and excitement kids experience when they go to the fair. As quiet as it's kept, a few adults have been known to enjoy a day at the fair too. The fair may not be coming to your town anytime soon, but you can readily duplicate a number of the fair games.

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Can knock down

The object of the game is to knock as many cans down as possible. Stack cans in pyramid formation. Players stand on a mark and throw one to three balls at can pyramid. The player who knocks down the most cans wins the game. Use a tennis ball, or ball of similar size.

Egg toss

Players choose a partner to toss the egg to. Players form two rows with partners facing each other. At the sound of the whistle, players in row one toss the egg to their partners in row two. If a team drops or breaks an egg, that team is eliminated and leaves the game. Each time the whistle blows, row one moves two feet back, and the teams toss the eggs again. Row one continues to move and toss the egg until only one team remains.

Corn toss

A corn toss is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes -- with a hole cut in the centre--called cornhole platforms and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the cornhole platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores three points, while one on the platform scores one point.

Goldfish game

The object of the goldfish game is for players to toss a ball into a goldfish bowl without the ball popping out. Line up 12 or more goldfish bowls. Players toss ping pong balls into the goldfish bowls, The ball must stay in the bowl for the player to win. Typically, the winner is given a goldfish.

The Bozo game

Every adult kid will remember the Bozo bucket toss. The game experts at school carnivals re-create the game by using six small buckets and balls, and a board. The board should be long enough for six buckets spaced 6 inches apart. Affix the buckets on the flat board to keep them stationary. Players stand behind the line to toss the ball into the buckets in order, from the closest to the farthest away. Players win a prize for each bucket or a prize if the player reaches bucket number six.

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