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Turn something into a game and more often than not, kids will be interested. Taking something that is normally learned through bookwork and make it a physical game can also aid in learning giving a physical connection to the topic.
That’s exactly what this educational bean bag toss game does. It make learning some topics a bit more fun, adds in some competition for kids who like to compete, and it gives a physical element which is perfect for kinaesthetic (or tactile) learners. This is a simple game and it can be adapted to several topics. It’s a wonderful game to start when the kids are preschool age and update it as they get older.
Educational Bean Bag Toss Game
- Bean Bags
- Index Cards or Flash Cards
- Flat open space
- Decide on the topic you want to teach (a list of ideas follows the game instructions).
- Use flash cards related to the topic or create cards for the topic on index cards.
- Lay your cards out on the flat surface without overlapping them. Grid form works great or you can create it more like a go fish pile for something more random.
- Take turns tossing the bean bag onto the cards. You must answer the questions or identify the image on the card your bean bag lands on. If you get it right you get a point and the card is removed from play.
- Set your point goal. 5 points is great for younger kids and/or harder material. Older kids playing a review game might want to have a higher point goal. First person to reach that point goal wins.
Bean Bag Toss Topic Ideas
- Learning to identify letters or letter sounds.
- Sight words.
- Times tables.
- Mental Math problems
- Periodic Table
- Animal Classification
- Dinosaur names
- Food Groups
What will you teach with the bean bag toss game? Share your ideas in the comments below.