Tuesday, July 8, 2008

A Carnival, Kids Style......

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/



Hi there,

I really like your blog. You are very organized with ideas and presenting them.

Maybe this says more about me than you, but it would be easier to read if the graphs were shorter.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog.

My mom and aunts were nurses. I know how rewarding, but also how heartbreaking it can be. You've really got strength. I just hugged everybody then hid and cried for them.

Lisa H.

Judy said...

Hi Terri,

I love this idea - it is great to have kids organize something, carry through and have fun as well as being productive. They can also look back and say - wow - look at what we did! Kids need to also learn how to give back.

In middle school, my daughter and her friend went trick or treating for the food shelf. They collected 62 lbs of canned goods/foods for the local food shelf in a short amount of time. They felt great about it.

Take care,


Carma said...

Hi Terri,
Kids love to plan projects and parties at a young age. It is one of the best things to keep their creative minds busy.

They are never too young to learn to serve and help others.
A friend of mine was brought up to serve others through various organizations. One of them was Jobs Daughters. Now she takes her young children to many community events and is teaching them to learn how to serve others. You reap what you sow.


Theresa Schultz said...

I love this idea. I recently bought a cookie and lemonade from a couple of kids at our pool trying to raise money for a worthy cause. That's all it took - two kids baking cookies and serving up lemonade. I'm sure they didn't raise much money, but what a worthwhile experience for them.


Dorothy Massey said...

What a great idea, Terri. Another practical but fun blog post.

Lisa Kirby said...


This is a great idea. Your statement about "whatever money is collected is more than your organization had before you had your carnival" struck me. I've often wanted to do something like this but figured it would be such a small gesture it couldn't help much. But you're so right.

Lisa Kirby