Bean Bag Challenges

Game Description: 
Great warm-up or cool-down game to practice tracking, throwing, and catching.
Toss beanbag up in the air and catch it.
Game Rules: 
Give a beanbag to each child and instruct them to perform the following challenges: Throw a beanbag in the air, turn around, and catch it again; Throw the beanbag up and backwards over your head and try to catch it behind your back; Throw the beanbag in the air, clap your hands once, and catch it. Now try clapping your hands twice, then three times, and so on. How high can you go? Throw the beanbag in the air and clap your hands under your right leg before catching it. Now try with your left leg. Now clap behind your back. Invent some more challenges; Throw the beanbag up, jump, and try to catch it. Jump twice. Jump three times! Throw it up, kneel down and try to catch it; Throw and catch with just your right hand, then with just your left; Try throwing it up and catching it with your eyes closed! Balance the beanbag on your right foot, then throw it up and catch it from there. Can you do it with your left foot too? Can you run with a beanbag balanced on your head? Can you jump? Can you twist around? Can you kneel down and stand up again, or sit down? Can you climb the stairs? Can you do any of these things with two beanbags balanced on your head? Or three? Try balancing a beanbag on each shoulder while you walk, run, jump etc; Sing one of your favorite songs or rhymes while you throw the beanbag up and catch it, or pass it round a circle of children; Set up a variety of hoops, containers and targets and have some throwing practice. How far can you throw the beanbag? Does it make a difference if you throw over-arm or underarm?
Saftey Considerations: 
Remind the children to be aware of the people around them as they move.
Average: 3.7 (3 votes)
2 to 3 years
4 to 6 years
7 to 9 years
10 to 12 years
13 to 15 years
16 to 17 years
Type of Activity: 
Co-operative / Team Building / Ice Breaker
Skill instruction
Warm up/Cool down
Space Needed: 
Large Space (Gym, Multipurpose Room, Playroom)
Medium Space (Classroom, Empty Room)
Small Space (Hall, Furnished Room)
Field / Park
Equipment Needed: 
Low Key (Balls, Balloons, Skipping ropes, Hoops)
How Many Leaders are Needed: 
Only 1
How Big of a Group is Needed: 
One person
Small group (3-5 kids)
Medium group (6 - 15 kids)
Large group (16+ kids)
Types of Skills Practiced: