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Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

Does anyone have any ideas for a fall festival for about 30 kids in our children's church ministry? I already have ring toss, fishing, and can knock down. Anything else? I want this to be special because this will be our first one.


I also need names for each game to connect with the Bible. Example: For the can knock down, I suggested "Knock Out Sin".

Please help!

By Karen from Clemmons, NC


Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

Cake walks are always popular. (09/14/2010)

By rosiec

Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

Depends how old they are. How about "Follow-My-Leader" (to Jesus)? Or a version of good old-fashioned "He" where one child is He until he/she can catch someone else who then becomes "He". May be too noisy if indoors, but great fun!

Marg from England (09/15/2010)

By jehosophat jones

Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

I do this each October for our church. This year we have 15 games planned. The most popular with the small children is the fish pond. They have a "fishing pole" (a branch with a string on it and a clothes pin) that they throw over a curtain, and we pin a prize on it. We give it a little yank so they feel like they've caught a fish. Some children go through this 20 times! Then there's the maze we did one year. We blindfolded them and lead them by the hands through a maze, explaining all the while about the importance of following Jesus and trusting Him when you can't see where He is leading. For a prize we gave glow-in-the-dark necklace (Jesus is the Light).


There is always a cupcake walk, face painting, and a crafts table. One lady always runs a dart board with balloons on it. A man painted a 4x6s stand-up board with a dragon and hung a small basketball hoop on it so they could take turns throwing the ball. This year we are adding a Spin and Win from Oriental Trading and a ring toss (rope rings over a cardboard saguaro cactus since our them is the Wild West). A fun game is to have two children sit facing each other on the floor armed with two spoons each. Put a ping pong ball between them and have them try to push the ball into the other's legs. If it touches you, you lose. We will probably do multiple teams at the same time. Everyone else can cheer for their hero of choice. We always have a meal with it, too. This year we'll probably do beef stew and biscuits so they can be cowboys, and we'll offer a prize for everyone who wears a western outfit. Hope this helps. (09/15/2010)


By coreenhart

Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

How about Pin the Tail on Satan? Instead of Hot Potato, play Pass Adam's Apple. Paint a small ball red and add some green painted leaves on it. Have them shoot balls through the Angel's Halo (a basketball hoop).


By Frazzled Leslie

Planning a Harvest Festival For a Church

Here are several ideas:

  • David, the Giant Killer's Target Practice - Shoot ping pall balls at giant's mouth with sling shot (giant made out of cardboard box).
  • Daniel and the Lion's Den - Throw bean bags at stand-up lions, and try knocking them over.
  • David and Jonathan Archery Field - Bow and arrow target booth.
  • Loaves and Fish Left-Over Toss - Toss "plastic left-overs" into baskets from behind a line.
  • Delilah's Full Service Salon - Hair and face painting.

  • Peter's Duck Pond - Plastic ducks have numbers on bottom.
  • Smile! Jesus Loves You - Toss bean bags through happy face eyes and mouth.
  • Pearl of Great Price Treasure Hunt- Sift in sand for hidden treasures.
  • Follow the Footsteps of Jesus - Cupcake or cake walk.
  • Ruth and Boaz' Haystack full of candy - Give children 60 seconds to find all the candy they can out of a pile of hay.
  • Good Samaritan M.A.S.H. Unit - Bandage arms or heads like the poor man beaten on the highway (children love fake blood).
  • Manna Bites - Children try to take a bite out of hanging powdered donuts, without using hands.

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