Beanbags are one of the most useful learning tools you can find. The low cost and seemingly endless instant activities make beanbags a good choice for learning and having fun! Use them with or without a partner. You can use them for party contests, skill building, fitness challenges, number counting exercises, and social partner activities that enhance communication skills. With these fun bean bag games for kids, your child will learn math skills while practicing hand-eye coordination!
In the photo above my kids have their phonics bean bags, which have even more activity ideas, but all of these bean bag games for kids will work with any bean bags.
Try These 6 Fun Bean Bag Games For Kids
1. Clap N’ Catch Bean Bag Challenge
Have your child try to throw the beanbag in the air and then clap his hands before catching the bag. Once they get good at that the child can make it even more challenging by trying to clap two, three, or even four times while the beanbag is in the air. It is great for giving them a goal to work towards and improving their coordination.
2. Bean Bag Balance
Have your child try to balance as many bean bags as possible on themselves while they keep staking. See how many bean bags can be added. See how many different body parts can be used to balance the bean bags (forehead, top of the head, back the of neck, shoulder, bent elbow, wrist, top the of thigh, knee, top of the foot, etc). Notice the difficulty level of different body areas. Are you ready for more bean bag games for kids? Here are four more ideas.
3. Bean Bag Catch
Pair up for this bean bag game. Decide who will go first and get one bean bag. Stand about three feet apart and toss the bean bag underhanded back and forth to one another. If you both catch the bean bag you each take one step farther back, slightly increasing your distance. See how many tosses you get without a drop. See how far you can move apart from each other without dropping.
4. Math Bean Bag Game
Use your chalk to make a grid of numbers (9 small squares touching sides) on the pavement. Randomly write numbers in the square (1-9 or odd/even numbers). Have your child or another contestant stand a minimum of six feet away, or farther distances for more of a challenge. Each person tosses 3 bags onto the grid trying to score the highest cumulative score. Have your (or another) child add the score up for extra math practice! Play as many rounds as you like.
5. Word Spell
Toss the beanbags on letters to spell out a challenge word. This is a good exercise for reinforcing sight words or recent spelling test words. Use your chalk to write the alphabet on the pavement. Make each letter 6-12 inches in height. Use rows of letters closely situated to each other. For example, write A-G on the first row, and continue with 5-8 letters for each row until you reach the letter Z. Choose a distance of at least six feet and now you are ready to play. An easy way to start this activity is to give the first person 5 beanbags and ask him to spell a word of your choosing. The object is to try and spell the word with the least amount of throws. If the word is “cat” and it takes 5 beanbags to spell the word, the score would be 5. Have the next player choose a word of the same length or try for the same word.
6. Bean Bag Toss
You can also make bean bag toss game with an old cardboard box or a few buckets. Assign each target different points and try to score the most points by landing your bean bags in the targets with each toss.
When you’ve had your fill of these suggested bean bag games for kids, challenge your child’s creativity and get them to come up with their own bean bag games! You may also enjoy these timeless kids games from around the world.