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MONEY TREE Send envelopes home, asking parents to donate a small amount of cash – between 20p and £1. Punch a hole in each envelope, attach some ribbon, and hang them on a Christmas tree. Charge 50p to choose an envelope (pointing with a wand to avoid  some with chocolate coins, too! CAKE STALL Ask for donated cakes in the lead up to the fair. Get inspiration for festive cupcake designs on Pinterest ( ptaplus). For tips for getting the best from your cake stall, go to easy-earners/cake-poems. CHOCO CARD Lay one pack of cards out on a table, placing a wrapped chocolate on some of the cards, with booby prizes or nothing on the others. The children choose a card from another pack, and win whatever is on the corresponding card.

LUCKY (LAPLAND) SQUARES Print out a map of Lapland and divide it into squares. Pick a secret location for the presents (the winning square) and charge a fee to guess which square it is, taking down a name and class or contact number. At the end of the fair, reveal the winner and award a prize.

NAME THE... What’s the name of the snowman or reindeer? Have a plush cuddly toy, and a clipboard listing options – ask the school to  on a numbered spreadsheet – children will often choose their own name or a friend’s! Using, generate three numbers to determine the winning namename (and two alternatives). Announce the winner at the end of the event. TINSEL PULL Wrap a l rgea ge cardboard box in festive paper and put several holes in the side. Poke tinsel of different lengths through the holes. Short onesnes win nothing, long ones win a prizrize. ADOPT AN ANIMAL Ask for fo donations of good-quality soft toys or source free ones on Gumtree. Stick them through the washing machine, then attach a name tag round their necks and put all the

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names in a hat. Children pull out a name and win the corresponding animal.

Fun and games PENNY DROP Laminate

an A3 picture of Rudolph – with

his red nose somewhere prominent.  over the top of the picture, and ask people to drop a coin into the tank. Those who land the coin onto Rudolph’s nose, win a prize. ADVENT CALENDAR Let children choose a numbered envelope with a card inside which tells them what prize they have won, or that they’ve been unlucky. Keep it simple by having small prizes or tokens

Minimal effort ROCK SHOP Young archaeologists will be fascinated by the Rock Shop from Junior Geo ( The pack includes a selection of fossils and minerals, fact sheets and pouches for all items, plus  CRAZY SAND Get creative with coloured sand! Order the bronze Christmas kit from Crazy Sand ( for £50.50 – this contains over 40 bottles. SHERBET SAND Similar to bottles of sand, but where you eat, not keep, your artistic creation! The medium fundraising kits from Sherbert Sand ( cost £75 each,  PICK A LOLLY This popular game can be bought (with 120 lollies) from Peeks ( for just £21.50. A lolly with a red end wins a special prize. Charge 50p a go. CRAFT KITS Buy eco-friendly, quality hanging decoration kits from Kidicraft ( Choose from angels, stars or bells –

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a box of 24 costs £22.50. Provide pens, paint, glitter, and stick-on gems. WRAPPING ROOM Source small items for children to buy and wrap as presents for friends and family. Many PTAs spend months scouring pound shops, while others have a mixed response to requests for donations... If you need a quick solution with guaranteed quality, buy a pack of gorgeous gifts from

for other stalls (i.e. free cake from the cake stall), or secure bigger prizes such as vouchers for local attractions. How much you charge will depend on the prizes offered. Keep swapping the cards around. SNOWBALL SCRAMBLE Hide ping-pong balls inside a paddling pool full of shredded paper. Put coloured spots on some of the  these, they win a prize. KNOCK SANTA OFF THE CHIMNEY You need a plush Santa toy, a makeshift chimney (with somewhere for him to sit) and some beanbags to knock him off with. HO HO HOLE Paint a snowman onto a sheet of hardboard, with three large holes where his buttons should be. Give people three chances to throw beanbags through the holes – the higher the hole, the better the prize. Mark a line for children to stand behind, with younger children standing slightly closer! WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SANTA? Display photos of landmarks from across the globe, zoomed in close, and run a quiz challenging people to identify the locations. Give prizes to those who  SNOWBALL STOCKS Charge people to throw ‘snowballs’ at the head teacher or other members of staff – using something soft! Award prizes for a direct hit or if older players get three hits in a row. NAMED BAUBLES Buy boxes of plain, shatterproof baubles in silver, red, green and blue. Have a range of permanent pens available in festive colours. Write children’s names and ‘2014’ on the baubles in fancy handwriting, wrap in tissue paper and sell for £1 each. WINTER 2014 33

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