Games to Play With Beanbags for Physical Education

Updated November 21, 2016

When planning games for your physical education class, including a few using beanbags can help your students with hand-to-eye coordination, as well as physical exercise. You can find beanbags at most craft stores, toy stores and educational suppliers. Some game ideas, planning and beanbags are all you need to get started creating fun games for your PE class.

Beanbag Pass

Divide the players into even teams and have each team stand in a line. Give the first player in each line a beanbag. When you say, "Go," the teams must pass the beanbag down their team line. Give the teams special ways to pass the beanbags down the team lines, such as pass them with the right hands only or pass the beanbags over the head with two hands. The first team to pass the beanbag all the way down their team line and back to the first player in line wins the game. If a player drops a beanbag, the beanbag must start back with the first player in line.

Beanbag Hoop Toss

Scatter several Hula-Hoops on the floor and label each one with a point value. Mark a standing line 10 feet from the first hoop. Write lower point values on hoops closer to the starting line and higher point values on hoops farther away from the hoops. Give each player five beanbags to try to toss into the hoops. Add up each player's score and the player with the highest score wins the game. For a variation, play this game in teams and the team with the highest score wins the game.

Beanbag Balance

Give each player a beanbag and have her practice balancing it on her head. Have a contest to see who can balance the most beanbags on their head. Hand each player a beanbag and tell her to place it on her head. After 30 seconds, give each player another beanbag. When everyone has another beanbag in their hand, tell them to place it on their head. Keep giving the players beanbags and having them add them to the top of their head. The player who can balance the most beanbags on their head wins the game. Players can stack the beanbags any way they can for this balancing game. For another idea, have the players race from one end of the gym to the other while balancing one or two beanbags on their head.

Beanbag Jump

The students must try to toss a beanbag in the air and jump as many times as they can before catching it. Give one player a beanbag. Have him toss the beanbag in the air, jump once and then catch the beanbag before it hits the ground. After he completes one jump, he can try two. See who can jump the most times before catching the beanbag. Once the beanbag hits the ground, the count is over. For a variation, the students can try clapping their hands instead of jumping.

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