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Peter Smith
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Our local farmer's group is trying to organize a harvest festival this fall. I volunteered to help with kids entertainment, but I need ideas. I figured permies are very creative, so who better to ask. Thanks for any suggestions.
 
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I remember a bean bag toss game where a 4ft X4ft piece of plywood was painted to look like a clowns face with the mouth open.
The mouth was cut out so you could throw the beanbags through.

A fishing game. Kids get a pole with a closepin attached as a hook, they "cast" the hook over a bed sheet which hides a willing volunteer who hooks a prize on and pulls on the line. Every kid is a winner!

A corkboard covered with ballons . Kids throw the darts. If a balloon pops they get the prize that is written on a paper that was attached to the board behind the balloon.

Ring toss. set up some bottles and have kids toss a ring . If the ring goes over the bottles neck theyget a prize.

Same for a bunch of bowls or small plates. Toss something and if it stays on the plate they win.
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:I remember a bean bag toss game where a 4ft X4ft piece of plywood was painted to look like a clowns face with the mouth open.
The mouth was cut out so you could throw the beanbags through

I've just been 'in charge' of a game like this. Totally basic, and kids love it.
Big kids way back, wee ones really close. I had a plain board, which suited me: clowns freak me out!

Apple bobbing-if the weather's good. Sodden kids do not a happy festival make
Vegetable carving. Pumpkins of course, but weird gourds, marrows etc are fun
Sack races
Egg and spoon races
Three-legged races
 
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If the set up is right for doing races like three-legged race and egg-in-spoon, another fun one we do along with those, but only in warm weather, is racing with a small can of water on your head. We have a local name for it, but it needs a name in English.
 
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One of the local farmer's markets had the kids decorate a zucchini squash, put wheels on it and then they raced them down a slanted board/track. It was really fun for the kids! You can make cheap wheels by slicing a round stick/log, around 3" thick would be good & drilling a hole in the middle. Use bamboo or sticks for the shaft, just poke it right through the zucchini.

Feeding stuff to animals is always a hit too. See if you can borrow some baby pot belly pigs for that. Or kid goats, but watch that they don't get sick from too much rich food!
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