You may have experienced being bombarded with childish demands from your kids to go to the carnival when none is available nearby. Well, you don’t have to wait for the next festival in your area to give your children the chance to enjoy. You can set up your very own carnival games in the comfort of your home. You need not spend unnecessarily for every game entrance; your kids can play all they want with no time boundaries. Plus, you are given the chance to customize and personalize games for your kids’ fun and safety.
Here are a few helpful ideas on how you can make your own children’s carnival games.
- Cool pools. You will need baby pools, plastic and unbreakable toys, bubbles, and lots of water. If you have kiddie slides set up each baby pool at the bottom of each slide. Arrange the pools closer to each other and throw the plastic toys or any other water friendly items into the pool. Fill the pools with water that has an average height suitable for your kids and then bring in the bubbles. You can set your children atop each slide and after the count of three, and with your “Go” signal, let them slide down. The one who reaches the bottom pool first wins.
- Beanbag toss. Prepare a big old box, white butcher paper, pencil, crayons or any other coloring material, beanbags, and a cutter. Using adhesive tape, wrap the box with white butcher paper. On one of its sides, draw your kids’ favorite character; it may be a clown, a cartoon character, a monkey, a puppy, etc. Draw its mouth big enough for a beanbag to fit into, but not too large and less challenging.
- Cut a hole into its sketched mouth. Paint and color the box. You can ask your kids to help out in the project. Afterwards, secure the box with more tape if necessary so it will not get easily damaged. Lay the box on the ground and set a mark a few feet from it. This will be the spot where your kids should begin throwing and shooting beanbags into the box/character’s mouth. Let them take turns. To level up, simply move the box further away from your kids’ spot.
- Bowling. Collect 6 water or soda bottles and fill each with a quarter of water and seal them with an airtight cover. Now prepare the bowling line. Locate a line 10 feet away from the water bottles or pins. Find any kind of ball that your children’s little hands can easily grab and throw. A tennis ball or a soccer ball may be the best choice. Let your kids take turns in trying to knock all the bottles over. The one who knocks most or all of the pins at one time wins the game.
These are just a few of the carnival game ideas that kids of all ages will surely love. The key is to be more imaginative in creating more obstacles as possible. And don’t forget to prepare fun and unexpected prizes for the winners. You may even include consolation prizes for the non-winners. In return, the best reward you will get is your children’s laughter and cherished moments together. Have fun!