It’s fun setting up a carnival party whether it be for a child or an adult. You get to dress up in silly clothing, play old-fashioned games, and there are balloons everywhere. Of course, for the winners of various games, you’ll need a prize wheel. Guests spin the wheel and see what prize they’ve won. It’s really easy to make the game; put it away after the party and play it at other birthdays and special occasions.
A spin-to-win prize game is perfect for a party with a carnival theme. Make a nice, wooden spinning game or make a cheaper version out of cardboard. To make the wooden game start with a large rectangle of thin plywood. Cut a circle of wood to be a bit smaller in diameter than the wood is wide.
Paint the rectangle of wood white, and when that’s dry, paint wide, blue stripes across it. Or, use blue tape to make the stripes. Write “Spin for a Prize” across the top of the board with yellow paint.
Paint the circle of wood white. When it’s dry, draw lines on the circle to divide it into 8 equal sections, like a pie. Paint every other section red. Use yellow paint to write numbers on the sections of the circle. Number them 1 through 8. Mix the numbers up as you write them down rather than put number “1” right beside number “2”, etc.
Drill a hole through the center of the board as well as through the center of the circle. Stack the circle on the board so that the holes align. Push a bolt through the center and screws a nut onto the backside. Make sure that it’s all secure but that the circle isn’t pushed hard against the backboard. Otherwise, it won’t spin easily.
Use screw-in clothing pegs to make the handles for the spinner. Around the outside of the circle, screw these in, putting four in each section, and spacing them evenly around the wheel.
Cut an additional circle of wood then cut it in half. Stand one of the circles so that its flat side is on the table. Cut a slice out of the rounded area of the circle, right in the middle, to make a place for the backdrop to slide in. Do the same to the opposite circle to make a stand for the spinning carnival game.
To make the game from cardboard, start with a large, thick piece to use as the backboard. Cut a thick or thin circle of cardboard to make the spinner. Make a hole in the middle of each cardboard piece. Use a brad, nail and eraser, or other mechanism to hold the spinner to the backboard. With a nail and eraser, just slide the large-head nail through the center hole of the cardboard circle, as well as the backboard, then push an eraser piece onto the tip of the nail.
Cut a thick cardboard circle, cut it in half, cut slices in the centers of the rounded sides, and slide the backboard into the slices. Glue on small, wooden dowels to make the spinner handles.
The kids as well as the adults are going to have so much fun at the party. Set up tables, numbered 1 through 8, and when someone spins and lands on a number, they just go to the table that coincides with the spinner number to select their prize. It’s delightful!