Get kids excited about learning! Throw a simple party with educational carnival games. You can go all out and incorporate all of these activity ideas into your party, or have a carnival theme of the week and use one activity a day. Either way, your children will love playing and learning. It’s a great way to kick off the new school year!
Carnivals are all about games, prizes, food, and being together as a family. I created that atmosphere by arranging different Educational Carnival Party stations. At each station, I set up a simple Carnival Themed activity that enabled parents to teach and have fun with their children.
Everything needed for the activity was at a separate table or area and I placed instructions for each game on a card so the families would know how to play the game. I also included tickets (Popsicle sticks) at each station for parents to reward their children for participation and correct answers.
Here are some free Carnival Printables that you can customize to make your own invitations and Game Instructions.
Carnival Games for Kids
Here some awesome ideas on what games you could set up at your Carnival stations. All these games are adjustable to different situations and subjects so you can taylor them to fit your party group.
Easy Carnival Flag Color Craft helps children practice color recognition and counting!
Buried Treasure Learning – Hide anything educational that your children can find, like flash cards, numbers, letters, or money!
Cups and Card – This activity helps children practice concentration, memory, and anything else you want them to learn!
Or check out all of my Educational Carnival Games for even more ideas!
When my guests arrived, I gave everyone a party bag to collect their tickets. At the end of the party, we took turns choosing prizes and paying for them with our tickets. We had all different sizes of prizes labeled with different values so the children could practice their counting skills. Everyone had a great time!
Don’t forget about the carnival food! I served homemade macaroni and cheese, fresh veggies, fruit and these amazing Chocolate Chip Oreo Bars! To make these bars, I just put a layer of cookie dough on the bottom of a 8×8 square glass dish, topped with Oreos and covered with more cookie dough. These things are amazing!
Our Carnival Party was a huge hit! So, if you have a preschool, elementary, or play group, this would be the perfect party to make learning fun and create lasting memories.