Game #2 We cut a few holes in the side of a large cardboard box, painted it with some appropriate picture, and threw beanbags through the holes.
Game #3 We stood yardsticks, dowels, and straight curtain rods in a tall bucket and tossed canning jar rings over their ends.
Game #4 We prepared several guessing games: 6-8 jars filled with assorted objects for the players to guess how many things were in each container. Marbles in one jar, buttons in another jar, one jar with an assortment of game pawns, and so on. Each guess had to be written down on a slip of paper with the guesser’s name, and the answer closest to the correct amount was awarded a cookie-prize at the end of the afternoon. Preparation for this part included having an accurate count of the objects in each jar. I was delegated that responsibility, since my children wanted to be able to play as many games as they could with their friends, not just be the hosts of the carnival; therefore, only Mom could know the correct answers. Once the carnival was underway, the players requested that the guessing games be repeated by announcing the correct answers after everyone had a chance to enter a guess, then altering the amounts in the jars so they could all play again.
The prizes were awarded immediately to winners of these games, but part of the preparation had been trying out the games to find what distance made them challenging. We did not want to run out of cookies too quickly.
The carnival only lasted 2 hours, but it was amazingly fun to play the same simple games over and over. My children got to show their friends what each game was, play it with them, and then move on to the next game. Everyone got into the spirit of the carnival, as the other children took part in setting up the cans or retrieving the balls and beanbags. It became as much fun to host a game, as it was to play it.