Four Games That Put The Fun Into School Fundraising

Four Games That Put The Fun Into School Fundraising from North Carolina Lifestyle Blogger Adventures of Frugal Mom

Raising money for your kids’ school is a necessary part of parenting — but you know that. You also know that after a hard day’s work, sometimes the idea of running to the latest fundraiser can be a bit exhausting. But the great news is that it doesn’t have to be — the key is to put some fun into your school fundraising ideas.

There are so many ways to raise the bar for fun while raising money you’ll wonder why you ever did it any other way. All you have to do is…wait for it…turn it into a game.

Games are relatively easy to organize and are activities everyone can participate in. If your little one(s) are in elementary school, here are four fun games parents and kids will love.

Penny Wars

Each class or grade is given a big glass jar — a jar that’s then labeled and put in a central location at the school. From there, the idea is to keep filling up the jar with as many pennies as you can for a week.

But wait, you’re saying, it’s just kids putting pennies in a jar. How fun is that? Well, the kids can “sabotage” the other classes jars by putting both coins and bills in them which “cancel out” the pennies. For example, 10 pennies are canceled out by a dime, 50 pennies are canceled out with two quarters, 100 pennies are canceled out with a dollar bill, etc. The jar with the most pennies is the winner — but the money raised makes everyone a winner.

Scavenger Hunt

Kids love running around finding stuff.  So why not turn your fundraiser into a “fun-raiser” with a scavenger hunt? You can even utilize your teacher’s curriculum: For example, if your kids are learning about history, make it a history-themed hunt. You raise money by having students pay to participate (either on their own or in teams); you can also add a donation table.


Kids are tasked with finding sponsorship to read various books. This event is a win-win: The school raises money and encourages kids to read. You can also have kids compete against each other as well, to see who can read more than the other. Winners can get fancy certificates or simple prizes.

Quiz Night

Who doesn’t love a fun quiz night? Form teams, charge for participation and even have kids raise sponsorship based on how well they’ll perform. Create questions around a theme and offer a prize to the winning team.

A few Do’s and Don’ts:

DO – Make sure to get other parents involved in the process before you’ve even decided on a game. Make it a collaborative process from inception to execution.

DO – Motivate the kids to get involved by helping set up the games, solicit sponsorships, etc.

DO – Use a fundraising thermometer to track how much money is being raised. It’s great inspiration to keep on going.

DON’T – Bite off more than you can chew. Instead, choose an activity that you can easily manage.

Follow any of these suggestions and you’ll be sure to have a fun time while school fundraising.


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