Fun games for a preschool carnival

Each year, the children of Learning Time Preschool celebrate the Indiana State Fair and at the end of the week they have a really cool school carnival. The teachers and administrators work together to plan games and activities that the children will enjoy.

Jumping Tent

The big surprise of the day is the Large Jumping Tent!

Rubber Ducky Game

In the Rubber Ducky game, the children reach into a rubber wading pool filled with water and select a rubber duck. Whatever number is on the bottom of the ducky is the number of tickets the children receive.

Children go from game to game collecting tickets and then turn their tickets in for prizes!

The prizes are simple little toys.

And lots of yummy treats!

Snow Cones


Nachos and a yummy State Fair Style Lunch!

Other games include the following…

Bean Bag Toss

Balloon Pop

Try blowing up all those balloons!!

Preparing the balloon pop game!

Coin Drop

Number Spin

Ping Pong Toss

Bounce the golf ball across the table and see if it will land in the bowl!

Potato Sack Race!

Ready, Set, Go!

Tattoo Station

Lot's of Tattoos!

Knock over the Blocks!

Another beanbag toss game

Funny Photo Moment with Dad!

Funny photo with Mom!

Ring Toss

She got one!

Pick a Sucker! If your sucker has a black dot on the bottom, you get a prize. If your sucker does not have a black dot, then you get to keep the sucker!

This Sucker Tower has been picked over good!

While all those fun games were going on, all the children stopped to run over to look at this…

A Fuzzy Caterpillar!

Want to see a huge list of games with instructions? Story Time and More shared this terrific GAME site!

By |2010-08-07T06:00:18+00:00August 7th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. meghan August 7, 2010 at 9:01 am - Reply

    This looks like so much fun!
    This would also be a great idea for a kids bday party.

  2. Teacher Tom August 7, 2010 at 10:24 am - Reply

    These are awesome! It’s actually a pity the kids don’t get to play some of these games year round . . . In fact, why can’t they? Hmm . . .

  3. Nadia August 13, 2010 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Great post!! These are such great ideas for a birthday party! Most of them seem so easily doable with materials already found at home.

  4. Dorothy @ Kids Party Games November 18, 2010 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Hi! I came across your website while searching for party ideas for my son’s birthday, which is coming up soon.
    Great advice for kid’s party. I think the main idea form this is “organized, understand the rules and include all kids in the fun”.

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