Yesterdays blog started the process of assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating a project that could raise money for charities of your choice.
What about a carnival....kids can put their heads together and come up with all kinds of ideas for a neighborhood carnival to raise money for whatever organization they have chosen.
Make it simple. Prizes can be food items, good used books or stuffed toys, or trinkets from the discount store. Parents may choose to donate to the prize collection or the kids may choose to figure it out for themselves. Ideas are endless.
As for the carnival games... try using 2 litter bottles of pop and old embroidery hoops for a ring toss game. Or line up 5 sand pails and use a ping-pong ball for an old fashion Bozo buckets type game, each pail being further and further to toss the ball into. Add a water balloon toss, a fortune teller, a couple of kids dressed like clowns, face painting, and a cake walk and you have the makings of a great time.
Kids can make tickets and decorations out of construction paper or stuff around the house. They can even have a refreshment stand. Price tickets low or according to the age groups planning and attending your carnival. A nickle to play each game, a dime for a drink, or whatever seems appropriate for the group. The older the kids planning and attending, the more complex the festivities can be.
Remember a couple of important things. Have fun with the process. Be safe. And whatever money is collected is more than your organization had before you had your carnival. You have done something important for someone else. You can be proud.
Next blog... more ideas for fundraising. Maybe we will do crafts.
One organization to consider: Muscular Dystrophy Association http://www.mda.org/