Fish bowl toss is an easy game which is a take on a traditional carnival game. Use this for youth ministry or VBS.

In the traditional game, if you land your ball in a bowl with a fish, you get a live goldfish! But this version does not have live fish. Instead, you can give your participants the toy fish from the bowl or have a bag of Swedish fish handy to give as prizes.



  1. Fill each bowl about 3/4 full of water.
  2. Drop a plastic fish in 8 of the bowls. The fish should sink to the bottom of the bowl.
  3. Arrange the bowls very close together on a table.
  4. Give each player 3 ping pong balls.
  5. Have them stand a few feet away from the table and try to toss their balls in the bowls.
  6. If a ball lands in a bowl with a fish, they get a prize. If it does not land in a bowl or lands in a bowl with no fish, then they don’t get a prize.






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