Ideas for Children's Festival Activities
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So you're in charge of a booth at a festival for children but have no idea what to have as your activity. These festivals can take place any time of the year and can feature activities that are simple to put together.
Whether for a church, school, community or other organisation, there are several safe and unique activities for children.
Fishing Rod Game
Have a person stand behind a wall or fence. Or, create a wall with items you might have. If you're using a fence, cover the fence with a dark sheet. The wall needs to be taller than the childrens' heads. Have fishing poles on one side of the wall. Create a fishing rod by tying a string onto a stick with a clothespin as the "hook." To play, attach the designated number of tickets the game requires to the clothespin then toss the clothespin over the wall. On the other side of the wall have a person attaching prizes to the clothespin. Have that person tug on the string when the prize is attached. The child can then pull the string back over the wall with his prize.
- Have a person stand behind a wall or fence.
- Have that person tug on the string when the prize is attached.
Bean Bag Toss
Set up large bowls or plates in a pattern in your booth, or put masking tape on the floor in various shapes. Have the kids toss bean bags at the targets. Charge one ticket for one toss, two tickets for three tosses, three tickets for six tosses, etc. Have prizes designated for the different targets the kids hit.
- Set up large bowls or plates in a pattern in your booth, or put masking tape on the floor in various shapes.
Set up a net or other target like a tipped-over dustbin. Have the kids take turns from a certain distance to kick the ball into the target. Like the bean bag toss, charge a certain amount of tickets for the amount of kicks.
Guess The Amount In The Jar
Set up a jar of jelly beans, pennies or any other small item and have the kids guess how many are in the jar. Then give prizes for who gets the closest. A bigger prize will be given to a child who guesses within 10 of the correct number versus someone guessing within 100 of the correct number.
Have a booth set up for face painting. The more intricate the design, the more tickets it's worth.
Set up a craft booth. Set out items like stickers, markers, construction paper, etc. The number of tickets will determine the type of craft the child can make. Avoid messy craft supplies so there will be less clean up on children and the area that surrounds the booth.
- Set out items like stickers, markers, construction paper, etc.
- Avoid messy craft supplies so there will be less clean up on children and the area that surrounds the booth.
If you have a stage and a karaoke machine, have the children participate in a karaoke competition. This can be entertainment for the festival, as well.
Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.