Whether you're planning a carnival fundraiser for children or just want to create a carnival atmosphere for your kids, make sure you have plenty of carnival activities geared toward your young patrons. That way, you can give the kids memories that last them a lifetime.
Feed the Lion
Cut out a large piece of cardboard to resemble the shape of a lion's head. Paint the lion's face onto the cardboard. Cut out a hole where the lion's mouth rests, making it large enough to fit a beanbag through. Stand the lion's head on top of a table in a booth and line the players up about five feet away from the table. The players have to throw their beanbags through the lion's mouth to win prizes.
If you have an adult volunteer who enjoys putting on a show, try out this carnival activity. Set up a small tent in the carnival area using tapestries and sheets. Inside the tent, have a table ready with a small crystal ball (or snow globe) and some candles to light the room up. Place a chair at each end of the table. Have the fortune teller dress up in a turban and other gypsy-style clothing and sit at the chair facing the entrance. When a child comes in, he asks the fortune teller about his future. The fortune teller puts on a show and looks into her crystal ball to seek the answer.
Wall of Surprises
Surprise the children with this activity. Obtain a square piece of plywood about one foot on each side. Cut out small four-inch squares in the wood with a jigsaw. On one side of the board, place small ledges at the base of the squares so you can rest something on them. Attach the four-inch square cut outs to the squares using small hinges. Nail some doorknobs to the little doors. Decorate the wood by painting some question marks on each door. Place little prizes on the ledges behind the doors. The children come over to the wall and have to pick one door to open. Whichever door a child opens, she gets to keep the prize behind it. For fun, place some not-so-great prizes, such as pieces of coal, on a few ledges.