Prize ideas for under $20?

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  1. ghostman

    ghostman Golden Member

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    Some background: I volunteer for a non-profit organization that holds classes over the weekends during the summer. My class, filled with 9 to 13 year olds, just finished an Egg Drop project (build a device to protect an egg as we drop it out the 3rd floor window). The group that won has a 9 year old and an 11 year old. Both are boys.

    Now, I have two weeks to figure out prizes for these two kids. Any ideas? Since we're on a non-profit budget, I'd like to keep the prizes under $20 each. At the same time, I want it to be cool enough to encourage the other kids to work harder for their next project (bridge building).

    Current ideas: official-size soccer/basket/football, lego set (though it would be small since legos are pricey), play-doh set, air-pump plane...

    I thought a 9+ year olds would like a sports ball of some sort, but my gf, who volunteers with me, thinks it's boring. She was leaning toward play-doh, which I thought was more appropriate for 5 year olds.

    Cliffs:
    I need suggestions on prize ideas for 9 and 11 year olds for under $20 each.
     
  2. Cattlegod

    Cattlegod Diamond Member

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    legos

    or maybe lincoln logs.
     
  3. WhiteKnight

    WhiteKnight Platinum Member

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    A decent LED flashlight? Or a fleshlight, the choice is yours.
     
  4. Homerboy

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    do you have a science surplus store around you?
    go there with $40 cash and buy stuff.
    would fit into the "theme" of the contest more too.

    Edit: NOT play-doh. My 5yr old is bored with it even. It;s for little kids.
     
  5. tami

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    sniperruff Lifer

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    you can buy a cheap mp3 player for $20 nowadays.

    or just a GC. ebgames or toysarus or amazon even?
     
  7. uhohs

    uhohs Diamond Member

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    playdoh. lololol
     
  8. AStar617

    AStar617 Diamond Member

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    Catapult Kit FTW :thumbsup:

    Or any of the other cool/interesting yet sciency stuff at ThinkGeek.com. I'm sure you'll find something great there.
     
  9. mflacy

    mflacy Golden Member

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    I've heard good things about Mainway Toys' Bag O' Glass. It retails for $1.98.
     
  10. shortylickens

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    I was hoping I could make the first disgusting suggestion by saying Hustler or Juggs.

    Failing that, yeah a cool gizmo like a flashlight.
     
  11. JS80

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    change it to dollar bills and give cash.
     
  12. yosuke188

    yosuke188 Platinum Member

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