Kids love playing with bean bags. They can be found in every preschool and should be available at home since they are not only fun to play with, but also educational. These bean bag games are perfect for moms, daycare workers, preschool teachers, and kindergarten teachers. The games can be played both outside or inside.
Kids can learn motor skills like touch, movement, proprioception, kinesthesia and concentration from bean bag activities. Here are some fun bean bag activities to try at home or at school with the kids. They are simple and there is little-to-no-prep required.
Bean Bag Balance
Bean bags are great for balancing activities. Your kids can practice their balancing skills in many ways. It is possible to balance them on your head, your feet, your shoulders, your hands, or your arms. Try carrying one on a wooden spoon without dropping it. Add more bean bags as your child gains skill and see how many he can balance on his head or other body parts at the same time.
Bean Bag Race
Have a fun race by balancing bean bags on your head and racing to the finish line. Kids can race with their siblings or friends. You and your child can race against each other or time each lap and encourage her to improve on her time each round if it is just you and her. Changing the rules will make this more challenging – for example, jump on one leg to the end or balance two bean bags on your head.
Hula Hoop Toss
It is a good activity for developing aim and hand-eye coordination. Have your child toss the bean bags into some hula hoops on the ground. If your child is young, have the hula hoop close by and for older children, try laying out various hoops at different distances, standing the hoops up and throwing through them, etc.
“Bubble Gum” Rhyme
Rhymes and songs are loved by kids. Play 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.
Bean Bag Endurance Activities
They will be occupied for a while with this game. 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. You must command them to do it. Thus, as soon as they pick up a bean bag, you get to yell out if they should run, skip, hop, leap, gallop, crawl, etc.
One of my favorite traditional games is hopscotch because it develops a multitude of gross motor skills, as well as early math skills, as kids figure out how many squares they need to hop on. You can play hopscotch with a bean bag instead of a stone or pebble.
With some bean bags, your kids can practice their juggling skills. See how many times you can juggle two bean bags without dropping them. Then try and walk around while juggling. Add in a third beanbag and give it a bash.
Tic Tac Toe
You can turn tic tac toe into a gross-motor exercise by turning it into a thinking game. Draw a large Tic Tac Toe board on the paving or on a large sheet of paper. To represent two players, use two different coloured bean bags instead of noughts and crosses.
To play this game, take turns laying down a beanbag on a square and trying to make a row of three. The first person to make three vertically, horizontally, or diagonally wins. The game can also be used as a midline-crossing activity.
It is a variation of the traditional freeze dance, also called the musical statues game. Turn on some music and dance with your child while tossing the beanbag back and forth. Both of you must freeze in place when the music stops.
This can be quite fun, especially if the beanbag is flying at you while you freeze. It is possible to get hit on the head by a beanbag, but you cannot move to catch it or duck because you will be out.