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Add flair to your Christmas fair!

The all-important finishing touches take your fair from good to great... Keep pupils entertained for longer with new and novel game stalls. And festive food will win over parents every time!

Great games

A recent request on our Facebook page ( produced some fantastic ideas for Christmas fair games. Have plenty of small prizes at the ready, but avoid buying festive or perishable items. Any leftovers can then be used at your next event!

Knock Santa down the chimney ‘To make the game, you need a cardboard box painted so it looks like a brick chimney stack, a large Santa cuddly toy and white soft balls – ideally that look like snowballs! We charge children 60p to play. For this, they are given three ‘snowballs’ to throw at Santa. If they knock him down the chimney, they get a small prize!’ Stephanie Scott, PC Member, St. Josephs RC Primary, Aberdeen (380 pupils)

Snowman snap and snowman smash ‘This year, we have a load of empty Yazoo milkshake bottles (pupils have them in packed lunches). We strip off the cover and decorate the bottles to look like snowmen – we paint the lids to look like hats and use Sharpie pens to do the rest. The snowmen are then used for two games... Snowman snap: paint different colours for the hats, with matching pairs. Hide

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the snowmen in the ‘snow’ (beanbag filler balls). Charge 50p for three goes and if you pull out a pair, you get a prize. Snowman smash: set up your snowmen in a ten-pin bowling format. Paint a tennis ball white and roll it down a big tube to see if you can knock down all the snowmen.’ Paola Armstrong, PTA committee member, St Patrick’s RC school, Shropshire (200 pupils)

Burst a balloon ‘Blow up lots of balloons, putting folded paper stars in some before tying. Colour the stars for different prizes. We use mini chocolate bars and two medium- size selection boxes as prizes. Attach the balloons to a board and use a pin fastened to the end of a stick to pop the balloons. The children love bursting the balloons and we have had no accidents so far! We charge 50p for two pops.’ Suzanne Jones, PTA Treasurer, Burwell Village College (440 pupils)

Angry birds knock down wall ‘Save large empty boxes and Pringles tubes. Paint the boxes with a brick pattern to look like sections of a wall. Fill the Pringles tubes with newspaper to weigh them down slightly. Paint the tubes white. I bought my

angry bird cuddlies from a factory in China via eBay. That way you get them for less than £2 each. Set up your wall, complete with Pringles towers. Put cuddlies in between the towers or on top of the boxes. Give children three balls with which to knock the cuddlies off the wall. Award a prize if they knock them all off, a sweet if they don’t. Use larger boxes to make it easier and quicker to reassemble the wall if they knock it all down. Small boxes would take ages to put back up. I’d recommend having at least two people to run the stall. It is very popular with the older children.’ Beki Herzberg, chair of Friends of King Edwards, Tyne and Wear (500 pupils)

Decorate a Christmas jar ‘We ask pupils to fill a jar with sweets then decorate it in any way they like. It can be any size jar and any sweets they choose. We ask them to do a Christmassy decoration on the jar and there are prizes for the best-decorated jar. These are then put on a tombola stall and there is a prize every time, at 50p a go. This is all profit for the school and a fun stall for children.’ Shirley Smith, PTA member, Rosemellin CP School, Camborne (300 pupils)

Snowball scavenge ‘Instead of hook-a-duck, we run a snowball scavenge! Fill a paddling pool full of shredded paper, hide ping pong balls – snowballs – amongst the paper. We offer a lolly every time and bigger prizes if children choose a ball featuring the words ‘ho ho ho’. The younger childen love it.’ Louise Skitt, Willow Tree Primary School PTFA, Harrogate (509 pupils)

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