By Heather Park


Throw a summer fair to remember with these stall ideas to suit all ages and audiences!

H For crafty

aving a good variety of stalls – which cater to all age groups and interests – will guarantee visitors

spend more time (and money!) at your event. Whether you’re keeping little hands busy with a craft stall, stomachs full with refreshments, or encouraging pupils to throw their hats into the fundraising ring, we have lots of fantastic inspiration for a fair that everyone will enjoy!

Hands-on stall ideas It’s always wise to have some stalls

stalls, have two to

three ‘messy’ helpers (depending on the size of the fair and stall) and one ‘clean’ helper to handle the money, especially if there’s food involved.

that are a bit more hands-on and will keep your audience busy and entertained for longer. Interactive  even give the children something to take away as a souvenir, just bear in mind drying times for anything involving glue, paint or icing! T-shirt printing:

‘Children paid £3.50 to print their own

design on a white T-shirt using fabric paint and stencils.

Expenses were quite high for the T-shirts and paint, but we lowered costs by making some of the stencils  of our takings. It required a close

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eye from adult helpers, but the children made a lovely keepsake.’ Joanna Rumm, PTA member, St John’s CofE Primary School, Crowborough (210 pupils) Photo booth: Source plenty of silly  glasses) for people to choose from – this is especially fun if you have a theme you can tie them into! Alternatively, get creative with a cardboard frame for visitors to hold up. Have a volunteer poised with a Polaroid camera to take photos. Although there are some outgoings, a Polaroid camera will not only fascinate children as they see their picture come to life before their eyes, but it will also avoid any issues around data protection and storing photos of minors. Depending on  £1.50-£2 per picture. Decorate a photo frame: Put this beside your photo booth so children can decorate a frame for their new snap! Buy cheap cardboard frames from a wholesaler, making sure they are the right dimensions for a Polaroid. Have some stick-on jewels, feathers or mini mosaic tiles available, along with plenty of glue. Charge £2-£3.

When working out what to charge

for your stalls, consider

your costings per person and how long each child will take, stock required and how long this will keep for.

Biscuit decorating: Ask for biscuit donations from a local supermarket or encourage volunteers to bake a few batches each. If the fair is themed, use appropriate cutters on homemade offerings. For the decoration, use icing sugar and food colouring to make colourful icing  bottles to prevent it from drying out. Put a selection of mini sweets and sprinkles into small bowls. Charge 50p per biscuit. Artwork spinner: ‘Our artwork  (in a gardening bucket to contain the mess!), spinning paper while   It’s low outlay, so we only charge 50p a go.’ Joanna Rumm Water warriors:Who doesn’t love  and charge children £1-2 to claim a water pistol and join in for a  children can play as individuals or with friends. You can even set up obstacles or provide cover. This is easy to organise, as all you need are some water pistols and

safety goggles!

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