PUMPKIN CAN KNOCK DOWN - SETUP & DIRECTIONS
Supplies for Pumpkin Can Knock Down Game:
Pumpkin Can Knock Down Set (includes 6 plastic cans and 3 bean bags) See Below -or-
Homemade Fall Can Knock Down:
This game is simple to do as a DIY fall festival game! You will need empty tin cans (sometimes it is fun to find oversized cans - double the size of typical veggie cans for effect).
Leave the bottom on each can as we recommend filling about half full with dried beans. Next, tape over the top of each can with strong tape to keep the beans inside.
Finally, decorate to look like pumpkins with orange and black paint. Let dry.
Why empty the cans first? Well, if a can is knocked over and it is full, it can land on the toes of folks nearby and really hurt!
Why add them half full of dried beans? If the game is played outside, a slight gust of wind can knock over the cans, so you want a little weight to prevent them from knocking down prematurely.
This is a quick and easy setup - you just need a small table and optionally, something to cover the table and add some more color. Next, you stack up your cans as shown in the image above.
Before the carnival, test this carnival game for difficulty and place “stand behind” lines for different age children using sidewalk chalk, tape, small traffic cones or hula hoops.
How to Play the Can Knock Down Game:
Children are given three bean bags to toss per game. Depending on the setup of the stand, they win prizes based upon how many plastic cans they knock down in 3 tries.
You can make the game more difficult by requiring players to knock all the cans off the bale of hay or just require that all cans be knocked over to win.
Like all other school and church kids’ carnival games, everyone at least wins a consolation prize.
Additional Hints & Tips:
What a perfect game for a fall or Halloween backyard party!!
If this game is for a school or church, you may consider buying 2 sets and have them running at the same time!
*This game is best for younger children (preschool and elementary school aged children) as these cans are plastic and can be dented if beanbags are tossed with great force which older children 8 years and up will tend to do.
If you have older children such as middle or high school, you may wish to choose another game like Pumpkins in a Row to keep the older kids entertained or make your own Fall themed Knock Down Game out of empty tin cans and purchase bean bags for the tossing.