This game takes a little effort to set up, but the kids will have a lot of fun with it. It is obviously better on a dark evening! It could be a good game to play at a Halloween party, especially if the children are wearing spooky costumes.
Beanbags are quick and easy to make (and relatively cheap to buy), and you can play endless games with them, both indoors and out. We have some suggestions below...
This is a great game for a large gathering of children - you need at least one team of 8 (but of course two will make the challenge more fun), a fairly large space and a means of marking the ground. A good test of concentration and skill!
This is a fun way to reinforce your child's knowledge of shapes, colours and numbers. Play with one child or a group.
If you really want to keep the kids busy, why not get them to make their own beanbags first by sewing two small rectangles of scrap fabric together before stuffing with dried beans or lentils!
This project is an excellent way for bored children to pass some time, as the planning and preparation of the game will take a while, and the game itself can be played on many different levels and stored easily for the future.
Otedama is a game played with are fabric beanbags (called ojami) which used to be sewn by grandmothers from silk kimono scraps. They are used for juggling games and skill games similar to jacks and knucklebones.
Otedama is a traditional Japanese game for girls played with 5 small beanbags (or ojami.) The beanbags were often made by grandmothers with scraps of kimonos. Special otedama songs were used. You can make your own ojami and then use them to play the following skill games: