Easy No-Sew Bean Bags & Game Ideas for Kids

This easy no-sew bean bag tutorial was written as part of my Let’s Play ambassadorship. Even though I am being compensated, I fully believe in the initiative. All opinions are my own.

As we are nestled in the middle of summer, the amount of times I hear, ‘I’m bored’ from my kids is exponentially increasing. The boys can be happily entertained one minute, then in the blink of an eye extreme boredom appears.

Easy No-Sew Bean Bags + Easy Play Ideas and Activities

Quick set-up activities seem to work best for the kids. Even when they are involved in the set-up, they don’t have the patience to calmly wait for more than a few minutes to put something together.

I often find myself browsing through our home to find common household items for activities. One day we were looking for their old bean bags and after no luck in our search, I was set on buying more.

However, I soon realized I could easily find a way to make our own. I came across some fun knee-high socks for really cheap and grabbed some bags of dry beans. Since I don’t have a sewing machine (yet), I decided to give it a shot without one. The results were perfect!

Easy No-Sew Bean Bags Made with Socks! Great idea!!

How to Make No-Sew Bean Bags

How to make no-sew bean bags with socks!

Supplies:

  • Socks, knee-highs work best. This is also a great time to gather all the single socks in the dresser.
  • Dry Beans, approximately 1 cup per bean bag
  • Scissors

Easy way to make bean bags

If you are using knee highs, cut the socks in half, right around the ankle. This will now make two bean bags out of one sock.

With the top sock piece, turn it inside out and tie one end, pulling tightly.

Using socks to make bean bags

While it is not necessary, you can also turn the bottom sock piece inside out and tie the toe end. This gives the bags the same look in the end results.

DIY no-sew bean bags

Next, turn them back the right way with the print facing out.

DIY no-sew bean bags made with socks

The bottom should look similar to above.

How to make no-sew bean bags with socks

Pour about 1 cup of dry beans in each piece. You will need to work with the beans a little to form a nice round shape.

Using socks to make bean bags

Tie the top as tightly as possible, pushing the knot down to the beans. I trimmed the top of the bean bags (as needed) to give them a uniform look.

How to make no-sew bean bags with socks

The kids now have a dozen bean bags & all I used to make them was five bags of beans and three pairs of socks. The great thing with bean bags is there are countless things they can be used for. We can easily pull them out and head outside for some friendly family competition.

How to make no-sew bean bags with socks

Bean Bag Game Ideas

These activities are quick to set up and most can be set up with just a few household items.

  • Basic Toss: Either take turns tossing a bean bag to one another, or make it a little more interesting. Teams of two begin directly in front of each other and with each successful catch, the person takes a step back. See what team can get the furthest apart.
  • Tic-Tac-Toe Toss: Use sidewalk chalk and draw a large tic-tac-toe board. Determine a throw line. Take turns tossing the bean bags to get three in a row. Be sure you have enough the same color or similar for two players.

How to make no-sew bean bags with socks + bean bag activities

  • Paper Plate Targets: Grab 5 paper plates and give each one a different value. Place them at varying distances and take turns tossing the bean bags to get the most points (each turn can include 1-3 bean bag tosses).
  • Bullseye: Use sidewalk chalk and draw a large bullseye target. If desired, give each section/circle a value. See who can get the most points or who can fit the middle of the target the most.
  • Knock Out Soup Cans: Use empty soup cans & stack them in a pyramid. Toss bean bags to knock all them over.
  • Buckets: Place 3-6 buckets in different places, various sizes are fine. Take turns tossing the bean bags in the buckets. Again, you can give the buckets each a value.

10 Easy Bean Bag Activities

  • Paper Plate Targets: Grab 5 paper plates and give each one a different value. Place them at varying distances and take turns tossing the bean bags to get the most points (each turn can include 1-3 bean bag tosses).
  • Bullseye: Use sidewalk chalk and draw a large bullseye target. If desired, give each section/circle a value. See who can get the most points or who can fit the middle of the target the most.
  • Knock Out Soup Cans: Use empty soup cans & stack them in a pyramid. Toss bean bags to knock all them over.
  • Buckets: Place 3-6 buckets in different places, various sizes are fine. Take turns tossing the bean bags in the buckets. Again, you can give the buckets each a value.
  • Toss at Water Bottles: Fill six (or ten) empty water bottles up about ¼ full. Set them up in a triangle formation (like bowling pins). This can be set up on the ground or on a table. Toss the bean bags to try to knock all the bottles over.bean-bag-water-bottle-game

All the games can be played with one child or a whole party. Get the family involved and make it a game day with a friendly competition!