Carnival activities for kids

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Carnival activities for kids
Prizes for a carnival game. (carnival image by ana malin from

For decades kids have loved the fair. Carnivals are full of exciting sights and sounds. A carnival theme makes for a fun birthday party or activity. Prepare for the carnival by learning about different carnival activities for kids. Kids will love the challenge of winning prizes and putting their skills to the test.

Cake Walk

The cake walk is a popular carnival activity for kids. Get ready for this activity by taping several paper numbers to the floor in a circle. Once this is done, have the kids line up in the circle with one child per number. Play music, allowing the children to walk around the circle of numbers. Stop the music and make sure each child is on a number. Pull a number out of a hat. Whoever is standing on the pulled number wins a cupcake or baked treat. It is important to have a lot of treats because the kids will want to keep playing long after you have run out of goodies.

Bean Bag Toss

The bean bag toss is a fun activity for kids who love carnival games. Purchase a large piece of plywood and cut holes in it. Paint the plywood in a carnival theme. When the kids are ready to play, give them each three beanbags. If they can throw the bean bags through the holes they win a prize.

Balloon Dartboard

Throwing darts at balloons is an easy carnival activity that takes little preparation. Blow up several packages of balloons. Once the balloons have been blown up, staple them to a cardboard or plywood base. Arrange for different prizes to be associated with different colours of balloons that are popped. The kids should stand in line to throw three darts at the balloons. Never let a child throw a dart while another child is retrieving their darts.

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