Bean Bag Toss

Lesson #12082

Create an activity for reinforcement and fun.

Grade Level:

This simple bean bag game incorporates addition as students play the game.

Reinforce addition with an easy-to-make game that can be used indoors or outside.

11188-3IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Lollipop Alphabet, Capital Letters - 3 Inch 15750-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Circle - Large 16292-4IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 4 Inch A10222-Sizzix Bigz Die - Square 4" A10598-Sizzix Bigz Die - Apple, Flower, Heart & Star
Beans (coffee beans, dried peas or rice), Box lid, Embroidery thread, Fabric, Felt or self-adhesive felt, Needle, Pencil, Scissors
Beans (coffee beans, dried peas or rice), Box lid, Embroidery thread, Fabric, Felt or self-adhesive felt, Needle, Pencil, Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut two Circles or Squares using plain felt or self-adhesive felt for the bag.
  2. For bag decoration, die-cut two apples, flowers, hearts or stars using self-adhesive felt. Peel off the backing from the self-adhesive felt decoration, and adhere to the center of the bag shape. (If using plain felt for the decoration, attach the shape to the bag with embroidery thread.)
  3. If using plain felt to make the bag, use embroidery thread to whipstitch around the edge of the bag, leaving an opening for filling the bag. Fill the bag with desired material, and stitch the bag closed.
  4. If using self-adhesive felt to make the bag, die-cut two Square or Circle pieces of fabric to line the bag.
  5. Trim 1/4" to 1/2" around the outside edge of the fabric liners.
  6. Pull the backing off the self-adhesive felt pieces, and secure the fabric liners onto the self-adhesive felt Circles or Squares.
  7. Press the edges of the self-adhesive felt together, leaving an opening for filling the bag.
  8. Fill the bag with desired material, and press the bag closed (Main Photo).
  9. To make the game board, use a large box lid.
  10. With a pencil, make a grid and cover the pencil lines with 1/2" paper strips.
  11. Die-cut and glue numbers in each section. Die-Cut the letters to title the top of the gameboard.
  12. Students can toss the decorated bean bag into the box lid where it will land on a section for scoring.
  13. Students can take turns, adding their accumulated scores together to determine the winner.

National Arts-Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
Achievement Standard:

  • Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
Achievement Standard:

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Second Education
Grade 2: Content Standards
2.NBT Numbers and Operations in Base Ten
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to add and subtract.

  • Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.


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