When it comes to fundraising ideas for kids the trick is always to keep things simple. That means finding an idea that is simple to understand, simple to set up and organise, and simple to run, preferably without any adult supervision.
“Guessing How Many Sweets Are In A Jar”, also golf tournament fund raising sometimes called “Count the Candy”, has long been a staple at fundraising fetes and fairs. The basic idea is very simple. Sweets are poured in to a large clear jar and the top sealed with a lid. Contestants then have to pay to guess how many sweets the jar contains. The closest guess wins – usually the jar of sweets itself.
This makes a perfect fundraiser for children to undertake on their own and a couple of kids importantly carrying around a jar and a guess sheet at events is very common. The other advantage of this quick and easy fundraiser for kids however is that it can be tailored to fit the theme of all sorts of events. It might be that the sweets can be chosen to reflect the event for instance dolly mixtures at a pre-school fundraiser or teddy bears picnic or trick or treat shaped candy at a Halloween event. It is also possible however to not use sweets at all but instead fill the jar with something else and simply offer a prize for the nearest guess.
There are all sorts of things you can do:
- Golf tees at a Golf Event
- Nuts at an Autumn Fair
- Christmas baubles at the Xmas Fair
- Corks from wine bottles at a Food Fair
- Shells at Seaside Events
- Lego pieces at any childrens’ event or school fundraiser
There really is no limit as to what you can do, all it needs is a little imagination and trying to think out side of the box. You don’t even need a jar to work this fundraiser; how about guess the number of currants in the fruit cake? At the other end of the scale your country fair could have a pick up truck full of firewood, contestants guess the number of logs to win a free load.