Are you stuck inside the house due to bad weather? Are the kids bored of the usual indoor activities? We’ve been in that situation this past week. It’s been raining in Sydney nonstop and we just had to get creative. So we created a DIY Bean Bag Toss play activity. It’s a fun gross motor activity using recyclables and items you would normally find in your own home. But best of all, we made use of socks! – you know, those odd socks whose pair goes missing. We also turned this fun game into a play based learning activity by incorporating color matching and mental addition exercises.
DIY Bean Bag Toss
What you need:
- Old socks – yes, you can finally put those odd socks with a missing pair to good use
- Loom bands – you will need 2 loom bands for each sock
- Cardboard box
Make the DIY Bean Bag:
- Fill one sock with approximately 1/2 cup of beans. My little 4-year-old insisted on putting the beans in the socks one at a time. It took a while, but an excellent fine motor activity on its own.
- Push the beans to the bottom of the sock, then secure tightly with a loom band.
- Take the top part of the sock and invert it over the part that is filled with beans.
- Then secure this with another loom band.
- If the sock is still long enough, invert the top part over the part filled with beans again. By this time, you would have created a ball shaped bean bag that’s ready for a fun DIY bean bag toss game.
Make the Cardboard Target:
We simply cut out circles on top of a recycled cardboard box. Decorate and paint them. Or leave them as is. It’s now ready to be a target for a DIY bean bag toss game.
Ready, Set, Play!
Let the kids take turns tossing their bean bags into the holes. Here are 3 different ways to play, starting from a simple game for young kids, to a more complicated game that includes addition for older kids.
- Bean Bag Points Game. Simply give each player a chance to toss 5 bean bags into the holes on the cardboard. A player wins a point when a bean bag enters one of the 5 holes. The player with the most points wins.
- Bean Bag Color Match. Let the kids paint or color around each of the 5 holes on the cardboard box. Ideally, you would have 5 bean bags that match each of the colors around the 5 holes. To play, encourage the kids to toss a colored bean bag into the same colored hole.
- Bean Bag Addition Game. Put a number beside each hole. Make sure to put the higher numbers on the farther, more difficult holes. Each player takes turns to toss 3 bean bags. That player then adds up the numbers of the holes each bean bag entered. For example: the bean bags go into numbers 3, 2 and 4. The player adds: 3 + 2 + 4. This encourages mental maths while having fun. The player with the most points wins the round.
Wasn’t this DIY Bean Bag Toss indoor activity a lot of fun? We enjoyed making the sock bean bags. And we had even more fun playing the bean bag toss games. If you’d like stay updated with other fun games and activities for kids, Follow Kidz Activities on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram!
This post is the Letter B in the A-Z of Indoor Activities hosted by Crafty Kids at Home.