The School Carnival: One World, Many Stories

by This is Carrie on October 20, 2009

For our Title 1– struggling-test-score-low-parent-involvement-school, executing a school carnival was quite an achievement.

With the help of the teachers and a small, yet dedicated group of parents, we chose to have a “literary themed” carnival with booths and prizes that promoted reading and writing to our kids.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish Fishing Game
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Ring Toss
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Lollipop Pick
Pin Charlotte on Her Web
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom Bean Bag Toss
Where the Wild Things Are Photo Booth
Fancy Nancy Face Painting
101 Dalmations Dog Pound
Click, Clack, Moo Petting Zoo

Boxes and Boxes of donated Scholastic books
(I think every kid went home with at least one new book)
Writing Notebooks
Bendy Pencils
Monster Puppets (thank you Target $ bin)
Dover Little Activity Books
and lots of candy


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Cara October 20, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Awesome! It sounds like it was a fantastic carnival. I first grade at taught at a title one school for six years before staying home with my little ones. I know how hard it can be to make fun events like this actually happen. It's great that the students and their families were able to enjoy the day thanks to dedicated teachers and parents like you. Way to go!!


Sandy October 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

This was great to read! Thank you for sharing!


mrs. kleiner October 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm

I'm new to your blog…but we are a Jesus loving, public school going family of eight…so I'm feeling this blog and this post in particular. I love, love, love this idea and as our school sounds like a similar demo- I will be bringing this idea to our PTA! Might even contact you for further details if you'd be okay with that. Blessings to you and thanks for a great blog.


Kage October 20, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Carrie, you did such an awesome job! Amazing. Touching lots of lives!!!


Susan October 21, 2009 at 1:52 pm

What a great activity!


Beth October 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

What a great idea!!! Glad it all worked out for you.


Chloe October 23, 2009 at 5:22 am

IT looks like a smashing success – lots of hard work. You did a great job :)


Misti October 25, 2009 at 2:17 am

WOW! A teacher friend sent me the link to your blog! Our school has a school carnival too and I think she thought I could get some ideas from you! Do you have any files or instructions that you would be willing to share?? I would definitely be interested in knowing more! Thanks so much!!


Marites December 17, 2009 at 12:15 am

This is awesome! I, too, have kids going to a school that is low-test-scoring-parent-involvement and we just don't do the carnival because some feel "what's the point". After reading this… i think there's hope for us yet.

Awesome theme!



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