Carnival Day 2020

Have a go at Girlguiding Moray's very own Carnival Challenge Badge. As we were unable to do our Rainbow and Brownie Carnival Fun Day, we have made the challenges into a pack for you to do at home. This badge is aimed at Rainbows and Brownies but Guides can also take part if they wish. 

To earn the badge, you must complete at least 4 of the activities in the pack. 

If you wish to print off this challenge pack, please use the PDF below. 

Please find the badge order form at the bottom of the challenge pack (in the PDF below). Each badge costs £1.

Carnival Challenge Pack
Carnival Challenge Pack.pdf
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Activity 1 – Giant Bubbles

What you’ll need:



3 cups water

Washing up liquid

1⁄2 cup corn starch

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 tablespoon corn syrup

 What to do: 

1. Cut about 2 metres of string.

2. Thread the straws onto the string and fasten the ends of the string with a knot. Move the knot around until it is hidden inside one of the straws. (Straws without the bendy part work best).

3. Mix together your water, liquid detergent, corn starch, baking powder, corn syrup.

4. Place your bubble mixture in a container large enough for the straws to fit inside.

5. Dip the bubble wand into your bubble mixture and gently bring it out one side at a time.

6. I will take quite a few tries until the mixture will start making bubbles. Be patient, it will be worth it.

7. Slowly pull the string apart and then slowly walk backwards allowing giant bubbles to form.


Activity 2 - Flowerpot Drums 

What you’ll need:

An old (clean) plastic flowerpot

Brown parcel tape

Chopsticks (or a pen/pencil)

Blue tac

What to do:

1. Using the parcel tape make a drum skin over the top of the flowerpot (sticking the tape in a X shape and then add two more strips of tape to create a shape before finally overlaying tape to close any gaps left works well). It is important to use long strips of tape that overlap the side of the flowerpot by a couple of inches.

2. Once the skin is complete, add one long strip of tape around the side of the flowerpot (just under the rim). Your drum is now ready to play.

3. You can make several using different sized flowerpots to make different sounds and tape them together like bongos. Hold them gently between your knees to play them.

4. Mould some balls out of blue sticking tack and push the chopsticks into them to create your very own pair of drumsticks.

Activity 3 - Masquerade and Mardi Gras Masks

What you’ll need:

A mask template which can be found by following this link ( mardi-gras-mask.html), or you can easily draw your own.



Feathers, sequins etc to decorate

Elastic string/bamboo skewer

What to do:

1. Open any of the printable files by clicking the link above and print out the template on A4 or letter size card.

2. Cut out and decorate the mask how you choose. See above for some examples.

3. Glue a bamboo skewer/stick either on the side or at the centre of the mask. Alternatively, you can wear the mask by punching a pair of holes on both sides of the mask before attaching an elastic string.

Activity 4 - Ice Cream in a Bag 


1 cup semi-skimmed milk

1 1⁄2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp sugar


1⁄4 cup salt

2 Ziploc bags- 1 Small, 1 Large

What to do:

1. Pour 1 cup of semi-skimmed milk into a small ziploc bag.

2. Add 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of sugar.

3. Seal the bag firmly and get any excess air out.

4. In the larger ziploc bag, fill it about 1/2 way with ice. Add 1/4 cup of salt.

5. Then add your small bag and fill with extra ice on top. Seal the large bag.

6. Get gloves for shaking and shake for 6 minutes. *Gloves are needed since the salt makes the ice extra cold.

7. Take the small bag out of the large bag and rinse the outside of the small bag with cold water. Make sure to rinse out the top part of the bag also (above the seal).

8. Once done rinsing, carefully open the small bag so you get any remaining salt from the outside of the bag inside the bag.

9. The ice cream will be a little icy looking to start. Use a spoon to mix it around and soften it up a bit. Scoop out and enjoy!

Activity 5 - Rainbow Fruit Spritzer 


1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup chopped peeled kiwifruit

1/2 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries or fresh raspberries

1 cup chilled ginger ale

1/2 cup chilled unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 cup chilled lemonade

What to do:

1. In 4 tall glasses, layer blueberries, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries.

2. In a small pitcher/jug, mix remaining ingredients; pour over fruit.

3. Serve immediately.

Or why not make up your very own fruit punch with fruits you love, or perhaps ones you've never tried before. Can be mixed with orange, pineapple or apple juice rather than fizzy.

Activity 6 - Design your own Carnival Admission Ticket

What you’ll need:

Ticket template


What to do:

1. Print this page (found in the PDF copy at the bottom of the page) for the template or draw your own.

2. Cut out your template.

3. Design your very own admission ticket

4. Have fun with it and use for your activities.

Activity 7 – Knock Down

What you’ll need:

Plastic Cups


What to do:

  1. Start by stacking the cups up on top of each other to create a stacking triangle shape.

  2. Then step back and throw your balls aiming to knock all the cups down.

  3. Mix it up a bit and you can number the cups for scores and add them up and enjoy a competitive game with the family.

Activity 8 – Ring Toss

What you’ll need:

Paper plates



Long cardboard tube (from cling wrap, paper towel etc.)

Sticky tape

What to do:

1. Start by cutting out the centre of the plate(you may need an adult to help you with this).

2. Paint each ring a different colour.

3. Cut out 4 slits in the cardboard tube and tape to one of the plates so it stands up.

4. Enjoy throwing the rings trying to get them over the tube.

Activity 9 - Fish in a bag slime 

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What you’ll need:

Plastic fish (or mermaids or sharks or turtles)

1⁄4 cup water

Liquid Starch

Blue glitter glue

Cellophane bag Twine or ribbon

What to do:

  1. Add 1/4 cup of water to a bowl.

  2. Next, add one container of clear glue or glitter glue to your bowl (about 1/2 cup or basically the entire 6 oz container of glue).

  3. Stir very briskly or use a whisk. Stirring gently won’t incorporate the water into the glue - you don’t want the water to remain separate as you can see above. Stirring with a fork or whisk will bring both ingredients together.

  4. Now add 1/2 cup liquid starch to your mixture and again stir well to incorporate.

  5. After stirring let it sit for maybe 5-10 minutes and that allows the rest of the water to be absorbed and it also seems to harden the slime up just a bit to make it easier to handle.

  6. Knead the slime with your hands until it feels bouncy and stretchy.

  7. Place the slime in treat bag in a ball; the slime will mould to a big blob at the bottom.

  8. Then place the fish in the slime in the front of the bag and on the top after putting the slime in the bag.

  9. Tie with a ribbon and present your fish in a bag.

Activity 10 – Clown Cupcakes

What you’ll need:

Cupcakes (you can also make your own!!)


Ice cream cones

Red smarties

Edible Eyes Food Colouring Decorating tips

What to do:

  1. Frost your cupcakes using a bag of icing and swirling it upwards. Then place an ice cream cone on top towards the back.

  2. Add the edible eyes and the red smarties nose while the icing is still wet.

  3. Colour some of your icing. You will want orange for the hair, red for the mouth and the colour of your choice for accents.

  4. Add it to a bag with a star-shaped decorating tip. Add some frosting to the cone as accents.

  5. Then add the hair. For the smile, you can use a simple decorating tip with just a small circular opening or use a ziplock bag and just snip off one corner.

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