Fun games for a preschool carnival

A carnival is a fun way to promote family engagement in your preschool!

Inviting parents and caregivers to participate in family engagement events throughout the year will help strengthen the connection between home and school. A school carnival is a great way to encourage family involvement. Family partnerships are important for the growth and development of each child and a carnival is just one way to bring families, the community and the preschool together in a fun and meaningful way!

Planning a Carnival

Teachers and administrators can work together to plan fun games and activities that the children and their families will be invited to enjoy together. Involving parents and volunteers in the planning process will make the event even more engaging.

Activities to Consider

Here are a few activities that have been a big hit with our preschoolers and their families in years past. We hope that these ideas will inspire you as you begin to plan your next family engagement event!

Jumping Tent

Kids love a large jumping tent! What a fun surprise this would be to include in your school event.

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 child receives.

Tickets and Prizes

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

The prizes can be simple such as little toys and trinkets.

And lots of yummy treats!

Snow Cones are the perfect way to cool off on a hot day

Popcorn makes for an easy and delicious snack

Nachos make for a wonderful state fair style lunch!

Other Games Might Include…

Bean Bag Toss

Balloon Pop

Coin Drop

Number Spin

Ping Pong Toss

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

Potato Sack Race

Tattoo Station

Knock over the Blocks

Another Beanbag Toss Game

Ring Toss

She got one!


Make it Memorable

Have fun being silly for photos with a photo booth or photo props.

Funny photo moment with dad!

Funny photo moment with mom!

A Carnival is not Complete Without a Yummy Treat!

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. It is a win-win!

The sucker tower has been picked over good!

Enjoy Time Spent Together Outdoors

While all of the fun games are going on, be sure to enjoy the special time spent together as a school family in the outdoors. And maybe a surprise guest will make an appearance like our caterpillar friend who decided to stop by for all the children to look at in amazement…

A fuzzy caterpillar!

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

By |2018-12-11T13:11:44+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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