A bean bag toss is a simple game played with bean bags. The bean bags are thrown at a board, made of cardboard or wood, with at least one hole cut out of it, but usually more. The object of the game is to stand back a short distance and get the bean bag through the hole. If there is more than one hole, the holes may be of various sizes, making it more difficult to throw the bean bag through a particular hole. More points might be awarded, then, for getting the bean bag through one of the smaller holes.
Bean bag toss games can be purchased in most toy stores or party stores, and are a great idea to have at a kids' party. These games can keep kids busy for hours and are very inexpensive. It is also possible to make your own bean bag toss game.
Searching online will bring up instructions on how to make a bean bag toss game from plywood, and if you need an especially sturdy game, that might be a good idea. However, if you do not have woodcutting tools available or are looking for an easier way, using a large cardboard box is a better option. You can cut different sized holes in the box, decorate the box with colored paper, cloth or stickers, and note the point value for each hole underneath it.
You don't have to do this project alone. Kids will love to help make a bean bag toss game, and once you've safely cut the holes out of the box, kids can decorate it as much as they want. Making the bean bags takes a bit more time, but it is a fairly quick process to sew the bags.
Four to five inches (10 to 12 cm) square bean bags are a good size. Each bean bag will require two pieces of square fabric. Lay them on top of each other, pin and sew three sides, and fill the bean bag with fiberfill, dry beans or dry peas. You can then sew the remaining side. Keep in mind that you will need to make more than one bean bag for the game, so you will need to plan accordingly for fabric.
If you are feeling creative, bean bags do not have to be square. You can make the bean bags any shape you want. A circle shape or a fun shape like a star are also good shapes for games.