School Fete Activities

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School Fete Activities
Check equipment safety before the event. (girl/children playing on swing boats. a fete/show image by L. Shat from

A fete is a good way to raise funds for the school or a charity. The activities must be fun and easy tasks for children to complete in a short length of time. Kids will lose patience very quickly if tasks are overlong or too expensive to engage in. There will be a lot more to consider than the activities when organising the event. Food and drink stalls are always popular, especially on hot summer days. Also, ensure there are enough first aid personnel to cover crowd numbers at the event.

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Lucky Dip

A "Lucky Dip" stall is inexpensive to set up, and children always enjoy a surprise. Use clean bins, cardboard boxes or tubs and fill them with old newspaper. Wrap some small gifts such as coloured crayons or candy bars in coloured paper and mix in with the newspaper. The kids dip their hands into the tubs and pull out a prize every time.

Guess How Many?

"Guess How Many Items?" is a popular activity and not difficult to set up. Either fill a car with balloons or display a large jar of candy. People guess how many balloons are in the car or pieces of candy in the jar in return for a small amount of money. The closest guess either wins a prize or the jar of candy.

A glass jar of candy attracts kids.
A glass jar of candy attracts kids. (Sugar image by PaoloConte from

Face Painting and Temporary Tattoos

Kids love dressing up like action heroes or a movie characters. Face painting adds a finishing touch to the costume or can be a fun way to look different. Temporary tattoos are inexpensive and wash off the body without too much effort. A professional face painter will bring his own equipment for a hire fee. Non-toxic face paints and temporary tattoos are sold in toy stores. Children must be supervised if applying the paint themselves or to each other.

School Fete Activities
Face paint must comply to safety standards. (Painted face girl image by il gitano from

Wet Sponge Throwing

The principal or another teacher makes an ideal target. A simply painted, colourful plywood sheet, with a hole cut out large enough for the principal's head, will provide a backdrop. Use three small sponges in a bucket of water as ammunition for the kids to throw at the teacher. Charge a small fee for each turn.

Sports Stalls

The school will have sports equipment that can be used for fete activities. Use light, portable equipment and charge a small fee for so many shots at a target. For instance, the scorer of 10 consecutive basketball goals, five consecutive soccer penalties or scorer of a golf hole in one wins a prize. Kids enjoy a sporting challenge and these activities will not cost any money to set up.

Emergency Services

Liaise with the local emergency services on the times and dates of the school fete. Often, they will be willing to attend the event and provide a display.

Food and Beverage

Outside caterers will charge a fee for attending the fete. Grandparents and parents are often willing to help out baking cakes or cooking barbecue food. Inquire at local stores if they are willing to make a donation of food in exchange for some advertising on the stall.

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