Make a few of these small beanbags and your child has a new game to play at school, with friends or at their birthday party.
You will need:
- Large sheet of cardboard or 180cm x 24cm sheet of plywood with a hole cut into the centre. Alternatively, for a simpler option, you can use several paper plates, marked with different numbers and placed at intervals on the ground.
- Two 5cm ‘legs’ fixed to one end of the plywood– use lengths of 2×4 timber or prop the cardboard on an angle by taping another sheet of cardboard to one end
- Fabric squares 20 x 20cm, in four to six different colours
- Dried beans, dried burghul or unpopped corn kernels
How to make it:
- Mark the cardboard or plywood with two large circles with the hole at the centre, like a bullseye.
- Sew the two of the same coloured fabric squares together on three sides to make a pocket.
- Turn inside out.
- Fill with several handfuls of dried beans, burghul or corn.
- Hem the final side to seal the bag.
- Repeat with the remaining bags.
- To play the game, each player takes their colour beanbag and stands behind a designated line. They take turns to toss their beanbags aiming for the central hole, or one of the paper plates. If a bag goes in the hole, they are awarded three points, if it lands in the middle circle; they are awarded two points, if in the outer circle, one point. The players continue to play until all of the bags have been tossed.
- If another player knocks a beanbag off the board it stays off the board and the points don’t count.
- If there are more than four or six players, they can team up and take it in turns to toss the beanbags.