Hi there! Today I’m going to show you how to make a DIY Beanbag Toss Game that’s smaller in size and perfect for little kids or playing indoors. Plus, games like this are great for developing gross motor skills. Here’s what you’ll need!
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DIY Beanbag Toss Game
- Large empty box. I love keeping old Amazon boxes to recycle for crafts.
- Duct tape in fun colors
- Soft felt in a variety of colors
- Lentils or rice for bean bags. I like these better than beans, as they’re lighter.
- Utility knife
- Hot glue gun
- Permanent marker
- Small bowl or compass
You’re going to start by cutting the flaps off of your box. On one end of the long sides, measure down three inches from the bottom of the box and make a mark. Now you’re going to draw a diagonal line from the mark down to the opening of the box on the other end like shown. On the short end where the 3 inch mark is, draw a line straight across. Then repeat the diagonal line on the other long side of the box.
Take your utility knife and cut along the lines, and you’ll end up with an angled box like this. Now just start covering the long sides of the box with duct tape.
As you work down the side of the box, the ends of the tape will eventually start falling over the raw cut edge. Just go ahead and pull them firmly over the edge and smooth them down on the inside of the box. Cover both long sides with duct tape, and then cover both short sides as well.
It should look like this! Now grab another color of duct tape and cover the bottom (technically now the top!) of the box. When your whole box is covered with tape, take a small bowl (or use a compass) and draw a circle on the taller end of your box.
Cut out the circle, and use a black permanent marker to color around the edge of the opening. This makes it look more finished and colors up and cutting mistakes! Our bean bag toss box is done! Now let’s make the beanbags. Take your ruler and measure across the circle that you cut out. You want to make your bean bags about an inch smaller than this opening. My circle was 5 inches, so I cut all my beanbags out at 4 inches.
For each beanbag, you want to cut out two 4×4 (or whatever your measurements are) square of felt. Hot glue 3 of the sides of the two pieces together, about 1/2 inch in from the edges. Make sure to leave one side open for filling!
Fill your beanbag about 3/4 of the way with lentils or rice, and then hot glue the last side closed. Let the glue set up completely, and then use your scissors to round the corners of the beanbag. I find this step essential in preventing accidental eye injuries when my toddler is throwing them!
Here’s your finished beanbags!
Now just set up your game and have fun playing this DIY Beanbag Toss Game!