It’s that time of year when we need some school fair ideas. I think school fundraising works best when the children are involved and having fun. Here are four ideas for things the children can make to raise money.
Lollypop biscuits: we use our favourite gingerbread recipe to make cookies and then pop a lollypop / popsicle stick in before baking. They make cute treats to sell on a cake stall alongside fairy cakes made using our our ‘never fail’ cake recipe. As an alternative you could make the biscuits in advance and run a customise your cookie decorating stall, providing tubes of icing and cake decorations for the children to use to design their own cookie.
Selection boxes: our school has used this selection box idea as a successful fundraiser at several school fairs. All the children are given a plastic pint-sized glass and asked to fill it with some sweets or small gifts and then decorate the outside. There’s a prize given for the best decorated glass and all the selection boxes are sold or raffled off at the school fete.
Bookmarks: Stalls where the children get to make something to take home with them work well but you need a craft that lots of children can do at once, and is suitable for kids of different ages. Making bookmarks is a good option – prepare some eye-catching samples in advance to inspire them and then provide pieces of card and wrapping paper, pens, stickers, glue and glitter and let the children create their own. You could run a second hand bookstall alongside too.
Plants: The plant stall at our school always sells out. One option is to have each class plant up some pots of seeds which are quick to germinate, so they’ll have sprouted and be ready to sell on the day of the fair – try salads, peas and beans. Alternatively you can set up a ‘grow your own’ stall on the day, stocked with plant pots made from comics, compost and seeds so they can plant their own garden in a pot to take home.
What are your tried and tested favourite school fair ideas?
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