These 10 bean bag games to play with kids are wonderful to have in your back pocket as you are looking to engage your children.
Moms, day care workers, preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers will all benefit by having these bean bag games on hand. The games can be played both outside or inside.
Bean bag activities for kids work on hand-eye coordination, body awareness, concentration and integration of motor skills like touch, movement, proprioception, kinesthesia, and vision.
10 Bean Bag Games to Play with Kids
Here are the 10 bean bag games you will be introduced to today:
- Toss the Bean Bag to Yourself
- “Bubble Gum” Rhyme
- Bean Bag Toss and Catch Game
- Bean Bag Relays
- Bean Bag Balance
- Bean Bag Basketball
- Bean Bag Music Freeze
- Bean Bag Obstacle Balance
- Bean Bag Endurance Activities
- Hide the Bean Bag
Bean bags are such fabulous things to have in your home. My mother-in-law sewed the ones we have. She gave these to my kids as a gift. You can always buy bean bags from Amazon too.
I am also going to add a handy YouTube video at the end of this post in case you want to sew your own.
My children love their bean bags, and they get much use.
10 Bean Bag Games and Activities to Play with Kids
1. Toss Bean Bag to Yourself – You children can try and toss a bean bag up and down to work on catching throwing and body control.
Let them compete with themselves to see how many they can get in a row or how high they can throw it up and still maintain enough control to catch it again.
It is great for them to set goals and try and break their own personal record. This teaches children perseverance and the value of practice.
2. “Bubble Gum” Rhyme – Kids love rhymes and songs. Pass the bean bag to this rhyme: “Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish. How many pieces do you wish?”
Whoever the bean bag lands on gets to say how many pieces and then you keep passing that many times. Start the rhyme over again.
If you have a large group, kids that get “out” can go to the center of the circle until you find the last man standing.
This was my kids’ favorite activity we did with the bean bags.
3. Bean Bag Catch – Give one child a cup or a little pot like the one pictured above. You might want to find something that cannot break.
Let the other child toss the bean bag. They need to work together as a team to try and catch as many as they can.
4. Bean Bag Relays – Have the children balance the bean bag on a body part and race to the finish. Yes, it’s OK that only one of them can win.
These relays can for a while because you can choose different body parts. They can balance on their head, arm, back, back of their hand or shoulder as they race from one spot to the next.
5. Bean Bag Balance – This is a test to see who can balance on a body part the longest (chest, head, arm, food, cheek, back of hand or face). This works on self-control and balance. Last child standing wins.
6. Bean Bag Basketball – This is a toss game where they take turns trying to get the bean bag in the bucket. You can vary the position starting point based on the child’s age to make it fair.
7. Bean Bag Music Freeze – Play music. Let them dance or throw the bean bags while the music is going. When the music stops, they need to freeze.
This can be a competitive game where kids can sit out if they don’t freeze in time. It can also just be fun to repeat this over and over and not have kids go out.
8. Bean Bag Obstacle Balance – I didn’t get a great picture of this, but you have the kids walking a line made of string. You also put obstacles they need to step over or touch (taller things along the side like a t-ball base or an upside down bucket) along the way.
9. Bean Bag Endurance Activities – This game will keep them busy for a while.
Put one pile of bean bags as one end of the yard or room. They need to move bean bags across the space one at a time. They need to do it at your command. So ,when they pick up a bean bag, you get to yell out whether they should run, skip, hop, leap, gallop, crawl, etc.
10. Hide the Bean bag – Take turns hiding the bean bag and then having the others go and search for it. Kids love to search for things. Beanbags provide the perfect medium.
Bean bags also come in handy when doing the following learning games:
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Note: This post was originally written in 2012. The content is the same, but the post has been updated for quality purposes.