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Carnival Game Ideas

Need help with some fun carnival games?  Here are a few ideas for some great games.  Find classic carnival games and fun twists on old favorites.  These games make great activities for any party or event, not just carnivals.

Milk Bottle Toss
Milk

Tin Can Alley
Tin Can Alley

Lollipop Tree
Lollipop Tree

Duck Pond Game
Pool

Seven Eleven Game
7-11

Bucket Toss
Bucket Toss

Bowling Game
Bowling Game

Disc Drop Game
Disc Drop

Sink the Jellyfish in Hot Water
Jellyfish

Hunt for Buried Treasure
Treasure

Slime Bucket Race
Slime Race

Milk Bottle Toss

Milk

The milk bottle toss is a great classic carnival game.  Carnival guests can test both their strength and their aim by throwing rubber baseballs at wooden milk bottles.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Set up three milk bottles bowling pin style on a table.  Two Pins in back, one in front.
  • Measure five feet away from the table and place 12'' strip of masking tape on floor.
  • Write “Throw Line” in black permanent marker on top of the tape.

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player must line up behind the throw line.
  • Player gets two rubber baseballs to throw at the milk bottles
  • Player wins when all the bottles are knocked down.


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create two different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize – knock all bottles off the table.
    • Consolation prize – anyone who plays the game. 

Looking for prize ideas?  Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Tin Can Alley

Tin Can Alley

Tin Can Alley is another great carnival favorite.  Make this game more difficult by including a raised platform and requiring players to knock the cans off the platform.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Place a raised platform on the table.
  • Set up six metal cans in a pyramid on the raised platform.  Three cans on bottom, two cans in middle, one can on top.
  • Measure five feet away from the table and place 12” strip of masking tape on floor.
  • Write “Throw Line” in black permanent marker on top of the tape.

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player must line up behind the throw line.
  • Player gets three bean bags to throw at the cans
  • 1st prize – all cans knocked off the platform
  • 2nd prize – knock all but 1 can off the platform
  • 3rd prize – knock all but 2 cans off the platform
  • If the player doesn’t get any prize, offer a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create three different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize – knock all cans  off the platform
    • 2nd prize – knock all but 1 can off the platform
    • 3rd prize – knock all but 2 cans off the platform
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas?  Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Lollipop Tree

Lollipop Tree

The lollipop tree game is perfect for carnival with children under the age of 5.  It's easy to play and everyone wins!   Really set the mood of the carnival by decorating this white paper lollipop tree to fit the carnival theme.  Markers and crayons work great on this surface.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Assemble lollipop tree and decorate surface using crayons or markers
  • Count how many grand prizes are available.
  • Use a maker and color in the bottom of the same number of lollipop sticks
  • Randomly place the marked lollipops on the tree
  • Then fill in the rest of the slots with unmarked lollipops
  • Set this up on the floor to allow for easy access to the small guests who will play this game

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player draws one lollipop
  • If the bottom of the lollipop is marked, player wins a prize
  • All players get to keep the lollipop they draw


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create two different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  - dot on the bottom of the lollipop stick
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Duck Pond Game

Duck

The Duck Pond game is a classic carnival game that easy for everyone to play.  We changed things up a bit by spinning for a prize based on the number of the bottom of the duck.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Inflate Pool
  • Fill Pool with Water
  • Mark the bottom of 8 ducks with numbers 1-8 on the raffle wheel
  • Put the ducks in the water and make sure they are floating up right

Rules for playing the game:

  • Up to 8 players per game
  • Game Operator Spins the raffle wheel and announces the winning number
  • Guests choose a duck (Touching a duck counts as your choice)
  • Everyone turns over their duck and shows their number
  • The player with the correct number wins the grand prize
  • Everyone else gets a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 2 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  - winning number on duck
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Seven Eleven Game

7-11

Seven Eleven is the perfect game for school carnivals.  Not only does it involve some fine motor skill in aiming your throws, but players can also test their math skills by making sure their combination adds up to 7 or 11.

Supplies Needed:

  • Masking Tape
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Tape Measure
  • Table
  • Step Stool (smaller guests may need to stand on a step stool to have a better vantage point)
  • Seven Eleven Game

How to set the game up:

  • Assemble the game according to instructions included in the box.
  • Please 12” Strip of masking tape 5 feet away from the game
  • Right “Toss line” in permanent marker on top of the tape

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player lines up at the Toss line
  • Player gets 3 balls but only needs to throw 2 balls to win
  • Balls must land in holes adding up to 7 or 11 (exactly) to win
  • If player does not win, they get a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 2 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  - player lands in holes adding up to 7 or 11 (may use up to 3 balls)
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Bucket Toss

Bucket Toss

The bucket toss is a great game for any party or event.  This classic game is perfect for children of all ages.

Supplies Needed:

  • Large area – about 7 feet in length is required to play this game
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Tape Measure
  • 5 Buckets
  • Foam Balls

How to set the game up:

  • Use permanent marker to number the front of the buckets 1-5
  • Place 12” Strip of masking tape to the floor and use marker to write “Toss Line:
  • Using a tape measure, measure 12 inches from the throw line and place another strip of masking tape marked bucket 1
  • Repeat step above, measuring for bucket tape line, 12” for each additional bucket

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player stands at toss line.
  • Leaning is not allowed.
  • Player gets 5 balls and attempts to toss one ball into each bucket
  • 5 balls in wins first prize
  • 4 balls in wins second prize
  • 3 balls in wins third prize
  • If player does not win, they get a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 4 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  - player gets all 5 balls in
    • 2nd prize – player gets 4 balls in
    • 3rd prize – player gets 3 balls in
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Bowling Game

Bowling

Everyone loves to bowl.  This small scale size game is perfect for indoor carnival or party settings.  This game is usually pretty popular and can take a bit of time to set up in between games so you may want to set up more than one alley.

Supplies Needed:

  • Large area – about 12 feet
  • Masking Tape
  • Black Permanent Marker
  • Tape Measure
  • Bowling Game

How to set the game up:

  • This game works best on a hard floor surface or carpeting with a very short pile
  • Set up pins at one end of the space
  • Measure about 12 feet away from the head pin and place a 12” strip of masking tape on the ground with “Fault Line” marked on the tape

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player must not cross the fault line
  • Player may roll the ball up to 2 times to try and knock down the pins
  • 1st prize – strike, all 10 pins down with 1 ball
  • 2nd prize – Spare – all 10 pins down with 2 balls
  • If player does not win, they get a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 3 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  - Strike, all 10 pins down with 1 ball
    • 2nd prize – Spare, all 10 pins down with 2 balls
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Disc Drop Game

Disc Drop

The disc drop game is a game of chance rather than skill so it makes it perfect for carnival guests of any age.  This colorful game will delight not only the players but also your carnival staff.  It's very easy to set up and the rules are very simple.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Use the wooden peg included with the game to prop up the disc drop game
  • Keep all the discs on the table, ready for players to use
  • Make sure to remove the discs periodically as the discs may block other discs from falling into slots.

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player gets 1 disc to drop
  • If the disc falls of the board or gets stuck they can try again.
  • 1st place – disc lands in 25
  • If player does not win, they get a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 2 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  -  Disc lands in 25 slot
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Sink the Jelly Fish in Hot Water Game

Jellyfish

We have a new take on the traditional gold fish game.  Instead of winning real fish, our version calls for tossing toy fish into fish bowls to win a prize.   We make the game more challenging by suggesting you add food coloring to the water in the fish bowls and only certain colors win.

Supplies Needed:

How to set the game up:

  • Fill 48 Plastic Fish Bowls half way with water
  • Add Blue food color to 42 bowls
  • Add red food color to 6 bowls
  • Randomly place bowls on a table  (since you are using water you may want to consider placing the bowls in either a box or an inflatable pool for easy clean up)
  • You can use aluminum foil cooking tins filled with sand and sand in the bottom of our plastic fish blows for stability and easy clean up.

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player gets 2 chances to throw the jelly fish into the bowls
  • 1st place – fish lands in a red water bowl
  • 2nd place – fish lands in blue water bowl
  • If player does not win, they get a consolation prize


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 3 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  -  Fish lands in “hot” water (red)
    • 2nd prize – Fish lands in blue water
    • Consolation prize – anyone who doesn’t win

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Hunt for Buried Treasure

Treasure

Here's an easy game to set up, and everyone wins.  This game is a favorite for children under 5.

Supplies Needed:

  • Inflatable Pool
  • Stop Watch
  • Sand – if you order the inflatable pool from US Toy you will need approximately 325lbs of sand to fill the pool.
  • Prizes - the number of prizes you need really depends on how many players you think you’ll have and how long you want the game to last.  The game will only go on for as long as there are prizes left to be found.

How to set the game up:

  • Inflate pool
  • Add about ¼ of your prizes to the pool
  • Add about 1/2 the sand
  • Stir mix in the prizes
  • Add another ¼ of your prizes to the pool
  • Add the remaining sand
  • About half way through your carnival, add the rest of the prizes and mix until all prizes are covered.

Rules for playing the game:

  • Player gets 5 minutes to dig through the sand and find a prize.
  • Only 1 prize per player
  • Limit the number of players digging at one time – we suggest a maximum of 4


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

Looking for prize ideas?  Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Slime Bucket Race

Slime Race

Create some messy fun that everyone will enjoy.  In the slime bucket race, three players compete to see who can fill their trash bucket with slime first.  This activity is pretty messy so it's best to play this game outside if possible.

Supplies Needed:

  • Garbage Can Holders
  • Stop Watch
  • Slime  - Click here for a recipe to make your own slime
    • Caution: Homemade slime includes glue so it may stick to hair and clothing
    • If you don't want to make slime you can purchase slime as well.  Each container holds 12 ounces of slime.  Re use the slime after every race so you can save on the costs – here are some options:
      • Frog Slime - order 3 boxes (approx. 144 ounces of slime – approx. 4 ounces per container)
      • Galaxy Slime - order 3 boxes (approx. 108 ounces of slime – approx. 3 ounces per container)

How to set the game up:

  • Use maker to make a fill line on each of the Garbage Can Holders.
  • Put three Garbage Can Holders on the ground, about two feet apart
  • Measure 6 feet away from each garbage can holder and place a soccer cone on the ground
  • Place the sand bucket behind the soccer cone
  • Detach the shovel from the bucket and place on the ground next to the bucket
  • Fill each sand bucket with either home-made slime, 1 box of Frog Slime or 1 Box of Galaxy Slime

Rules for playing the game:

  • 3 players per race
  • 5 minutes maximum time for each race
  • Players attempt to be the first to fill their garbage can holder with slime
  • Players may not move either the sand bucket or the garbage can holder
  • Players can only use the shovel to move the slime, and only one hand which is holding the shovel
  • The other hand must be placed behind the players back for the duration of the game
  • Game lasts until either someone fills their Garbage Can Holde or 5 minutes is up
  • Game operator will measure whose Garbage Can Holder is the fullest at the end of 5 minutes to determine the winner.


Click the links below to get the products shown in the photo.

Prizes:

  • Create 3 different prize levels for this game.
    • 1st prize  -  first to finish, or closest to fill line
    • 2nd prize – second to finish or second closet to fill line
    • 3rd prize – third to finish or third closest to fill line

Looking for prize ideas? Click here to shop for redemption prizes.

 

Recipe for Home Made Slime

Want a fun activity for kids?  Try making some home-made slime.  This recipe contains glue so use caution around clothing and hair.  Children should be supervised when making this recipe.

Supplies Needed:

  • White Craft Glue
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Borax Powder
  • Re-sealable Plastic Bag – to store homemade slime
  • 2 Disposable Cups - for mixing slime
  • Wood Craft Sticks -  for stirring or playing
  • Plastic Spoons – for measuring and stirring

How to Make it:

  •  Fill one disposable cup with water and a one plastic spoonful of Borax Powder.  Stir until dissolved and set aside.
  •  Fill another cup with about 1 inch of white craft glue. 
  • Add 3 spoons of water to the craft glue and stir.
  • Add a few drops of desired food coloring to glue mixture and stir.
  • Add one spoonful of borax solution you made in step one to the glue and stir.  The slime will begin to form.
  • Wait about 30 seconds for the reaction to finish.  Slime should cling to the spoon.