A carnival birthday party works for most any age and can be done both indoors & out!
Here are the ingredients for success:
Carnival Ideas – Homemade Carnival Games:
The key to keeping this a budget birthday party is to use things you have. Take a walk around your house, and I’m sure you’ll come up with all sorts of carnival ideas! These are some of the carnival games I used for my son’s 4 year old birthday party & my daughter’s 8 year old birthday party.
Basketball Throw – if you have a basketball goal, use it!
Pie in the Face – pie tins, whipped cream & willing volunteer!
Wet Sponge Toss – just like pie in the face, but it’s a wet sponge!
Golf – if you have a putter & a golf ball…let the children try to putt into a plastic cup! This works best indoors on carpet.
Guess Your Weight – pull out your bathroom scale, the children guess their own weight & then stand on the scale.
Fortune Teller – have a friend or family member dress up like a fortune teller (scarves, lots of jewelry) & tell fortunes.
Fish Pond – keep it simple, use a toy fishing pole & attach the prize with a clothes pin!
Penny Drop – put a shot glass inside of a big glass bowl, fill it with water & the children try to drop a penny into the shot glass!
Concession Stand – popcorn & sodas
If your child is old enough…set a budget & let them choose the prizes!
Everybody’s a winner! If they don’t win the game…give them a piece of candy.
Carnival Tickets & Goody Bags:
Each child gets a bag with their name on it when they arrive. The dollar store & Hobby Lobby both have lots of inexpensive, colorful bags.
Each child will get enough tickets to play each game 1 time.
The bags will be used to collect their prizes, and it becomes their “instant” goody bag!
A cupcake walk is great fun…think mini-cake walk!
Use sidewalk chalk to number the spaces in your driveway or if you’re indoors…set-up chairs.
Start the music, stop the music, choose a number & that person chooses their cupcake! Continue until everyone has a cupcake!
I made all white cupcakes, & I just changed the frosting & decorations!
This is a great opportunity for family & friends to get involved in the birthday celebration!
Just a simple piece of clip art mounted on pink & green paper!
image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net, Salvatore Vuono
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