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 these bean bag challenges 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 Fun Bean Bag Games For Kids
1. Clap N’ Catch Bean Bag Challenges
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
Set up your targets. You can use a few buckets or cardboard boxes. Assign each target different points and try to score the most points by landing your bean bags in the targets with each toss.
We made the bean bag toss game above with an old cardboard box. You can make one too! Not only will this be a fun project to work on as a family it will also provide some exercise during a time of year that we often find ourselves cooped up indoors.
First you will want to sort through your boxes and see which ones may be best suited for making a bean bag toss board. Large boxes are great as you can put more holes and assign various points to them. You can draw the holes by tracing a bottle of the right width- a pasta sauce bottle works great. A box cutter works great for cutting the holes but you may use scissors or a knife instead- just be sure to use care especially if crafting with your kids. You will want to design your board and then cut that box or another and attach it to make the board stand at an angle. Really there are endless ways to create a homemade bean bag toss so you can not go wrong!
After creating your bean bag toss board you may want to get fancy and decorate your bean bag toss by covering it with left over gift wrap, painting on it, or using markers. You may also wish to assign point values to various holes and label them accordingly.
If you don’t have any bean bags on hand, you can grab some mismatch socks, fill with some beans, trim them and sow them shut. Now you are ready to play!
When you’ve had your fill of these suggested bean bag games for kids, invite your child’s creativity and get them to come up with their own bean bag challenges!