Tombola jars

Tombola jars are often used as a fund raising activity but they also make a fun game for a kids party - particularly a circus party.


Empty jars are gathered and filled with treats. Each jar is assigned a number and put on display. A corresponding number is folded up and put in a box so the numbers can't be seen.

Fund raising

If being used for a fund raiser, people buy the opportunity to pick out a number from the box. The prize is the matching jar with that number.


Kids party game

If it's for a kids party game, the jars can be used like a lucky dip. The winners of various games can select a number and win the prize in the matching jar.

Preparing Tombola jars

Soaking the jars in hot soapy water will help to remove labels.

If you still have sticky residue after washing, use some Eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad to remove it.

Decorate

You can decorate the jars with stickers, labels, cloth covers or tying extra little things to the jar like a bubble wand with a jar of bubbles or a brush on a jar filled with paint pots.

Ideas on what to put in a Tombola jar

You can fill Tombola jars with just about anything you can fit in them. When filling with edible items its best that they are commercially made and packed in the jars with their wrapping on.  Avoid items that might cause allergies.

A

Art kit, airplane, animals, ants

B

Bubbles, beads, balloons (flying balloons, water or balloon characters with instructions)

C

Cards (kids), card making items, chocolates (commercial ones and wrapped),  clay (modelling), clips, cake decorating tools

D

Disco kit (funky glasses and necklace, glow sticks, disco ball, sented markers, blowers), dice, duck (rubber),  dinosaurs, dolls 

E

Emergency service vehicles, ear rings (costume jewellery), eyes (funky fun or stick on), easter eggs, ear buds


F

Flying balloons, ace paint (mini kits or face paint crayons), fairies, farm animals/stickers, flag, fire engine, fan (paper), flowers (paper)

G

Garden (mini), golf balls, gooey bands, goggles, gloves, glitter glue, glitter pens, games

H

Hair bands, head gear, handkerchief (pretty), hairbrush, hair combs

I

Insects (plastic)

J

Jewellery, jacks game, joke cards, jelly beans, jet plane kit

K

Kisses (Hersey's), kite kit, key rings, kaleidoscope

L

Lantern making kit

Lolly pops (wrapped)

Lollies (wrapped)

M

Magic tricks, magnifying glass, magnets

Mables

Makers

N

Necklace, numbers (magnetic), nail polish

O

Octopus toy, orange coloured lollies, organ (mouth), other objects

P

Pens, pencils, puzzle, pet rock kit

Play dough

Paints

Q

Queens crown

R

Ribbons, riddles, rats (plastic), ribbons, rings, rulers, rubbers

S

Skipping rope, spiders, stickers, socks

T

Tricks (magic), toys, trucks, tattoos, t-shirt, torch, teddy bear, top (spinning), train, tooth brush

U

Unicorn toy, umbrella (mini ones), under water objects or toys, UFO toy

V

Vase (items and instructions to make the jar/bottle into a vase)

W

Whoopee cushion, watch, water pistol, whistle

X

X-ray vision glasses, x-ray stickers

Y

Yo yo, yacht (toy sailing boats)

Z

Zoo animals, zoo stickers

Have fun!