Bean bag activities

Bean bags

Bean bags are particularly well adapted for developing the ability to throw and catch objects. Small children and children with motor or visual difficulties can play successfully with a bean bag when it would be impossible for them to play with a ball. The child is able to catch the bean bag by just getting his hand in front of it whereas he has to coordinate his grasp to a much greater extent to catch a ball. If he misses the bean bag, it hits the ground and slides to a stop in a short distance. If he misses the ball, it bounces and rolls and the child has to chase it. Therefore the bean bag is much less frustrating.
1.​Throw the bean bag up in the air and catch it when it comes down.

2.​Throw the bean bag up and make it just touch the ceiling. Then throw it up and make it come as close to the ceiling as you can without touching the ceiling.

3.​Throw the bean bag up in the air and try to touch it with your right foot when it comes down.

4.​Throw the bean bag up in the air and try to touch it with your left foot when it comes down.

5.​Throw a bean bag up in the air. On the command “right”, “left”, or “both” catch the bean bag with the right hand, the left hand, or both hands.

6.​Throw the bean bag up in the air. When it reaches the top of its trajectory close your eyes. Try to catch the bean bag with your eyes closed. This activity requires the child to visualise the path that the bean bag will follow in its descent and predict where it will fall. This is an important part of his training.

7.​Hold two bean bags, one in each hand. Throw both bean bags in the air simultaneously and catch them when they come back down.

8.​Throw the two bean bags up in the air and catch them with the opposite hands. Catch the bean bag thrown with the right hand in the left hand, and catch the bean bag thrown with the left hand in the right hand.

9.​Throw the two bean bags up in the air and clap a rhythm pattern with hands (clap, clap, clap, pause, clap) before catching the bean bags.

10.​Throw the two bean bags up in the air, clap your hands, slap your legs, then catch the bean bags.

11.​Invent five new patters to clap, slap or stamp while throwing and catching the bean bags.

12.​Keep two bean bags in motion by throwing one up in the air, watching it reach the top of the trajectory, then throwing the other one up and so on.

13.​Throw the bean bags in rhythmic sequences, for example left –2, right –1. Continue the sequence at least 10 times.

14.​Throw the bean bags in rhythmic sequences that include left, right and both hands. Left –2, right –1, both -2. Repeat 10 times.

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34 thoughts on “Bean bag activities

  1. Hi,
    Thank you for visiting our site. We love to share our oils. This is an interesting post about beanbags. I remember throwing a ball to my son when he was little, and you’re right, frustrating for a child to have to chase down a ball. My niece has 2 children who are autistic. I wonder how this exercise would work for them. I’m going to suggest it.

    Thank you!


    • Hi,
      These exercises are great for autistic kids as they help to stimulate both sides of the brain. Do them on a rocker or balance board if you have one.
      Thanks for your comment.

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  3. I am registered blind so was interested to read about how bean bags are particularly good for visually impaired children. As a child I played football with a ball containing metal bulbarians so that I and the other visually impaired children could hear the ball. This worked until the ball stopped moving! We also played cricket using a large football rather than a cricket ball, again with bulbarians in it.

    • That is very interesting I think the texture of the bags could be changed for each bag to make them more tactile I wonder would this help? For example velvet,satin, wool. I will research this some more.

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