A simple bean bag game your preschoolers will love!

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on August 24, 2010

in Games, Letter Recognition, motor skills

I happened by this classroom as the children were playing this simple little bean bag toss game.

As each child walked up to the line, he or she would choose a bean bag out of the basket, then the teacher would ask the child to announce the color of the bag or name the letter that was on the bag.

And then the child would toss the bag into one of the baskets!

Then they would run up and grab the bean bag out of the basket and then hurry up to get back in line for another turn.

The teacher would put a mark next to the child’s name each time the beanbag landed in a basket but I noticed that the children really were not paying attention to the scoring system!

I was intrigued by how much the children just loved taking a turn to play this simple game.

Preschoolers love to play games and they do not have to be all that complicated. Most of the children could only make the bean bag land in the first basket but because there was no emphasis placed on the scoring system or no strong push to meet adult expectations, the children just relaxed and had fun. All the while, these children even got in a little color and letter review through their play!

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1 Sherry and Donna August 24, 2010 at 6:25 am

Deborah this is best practice play based learning – physical development, hand eye coordination, colour recognition, literacy, mathematical concepts, social and emotional … all happening through play. I LOVE it!
Donna :) :)

2 Deborah J. Stewart August 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Donna – Isn’t fun that something so simple can lead to so much growth and development?

3 Shar August 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

It’s fantastic i am definitely going to try this one! It could even be extended by standing with the baskets horizontally in front of the children and seeing if they can throw to make a word ie c.a.t. Thank you.

4 Deborah J. Stewart August 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

THAT is such a great idea Shar!!

5 Scott August 24, 2010 at 9:55 am

We haven’t tossed beanbags in a while. Time to get those out again!

6 Deborah J. Stewart August 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

When I saw the children playing this game, I realized that I hadn’t see much beanbag activity going on in awhile so I loved observing the fun!

7 V.Kerr August 24, 2010 at 9:08 pm

ok… what a great idea to make bean bags with the letters on it. Seriously that is one of the best ideas I have seen in a long time!

8 Laura Efinger October 28, 2010 at 5:15 am

As an occupational therapist working with children, I LOVE your activity postings! The pictures are fabulous and the activities are great sensory motor play. Many of the activities you post we play a variation of in therapy.

Laura

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