Bean Bag Toss

Improve your child’s eye-hand coordination, balance, and muscle coordination!

For this Activity you will need:

  • A beanbag
  1. Show your child the beanbag and tell her you’d like to play a game with it.
  2. Sit on the floor and ask your child to sit facing you. Say, "Let’s play catch. I’ll toss you the beanbag and you catch it. Then you can toss it to me, and I’ll catch it." Gently toss the beanbag back and forth
  3. Next suggest to your child that you stand up and toss the beanbag. Stand a few feet apart and begin tossing the beanbag back and forth.
  4. Once your child is able to toss the bean bag back and forth a few times, say "Now, let’s see how far apart we can get. Each time we catch the bean bag, we have to take one step back." See how far apart you can get.
  5. Now, tell your child "Let’s try something else. Let’s see how high up in the air you can throw the bean bag." Let her try.

Next Steps/Follow-Up:

  • Have her try to balance the beanbag on her head, shoulder, foot or knee.
  • Cut a hole in a large piece of cardboard and have your child toss the beanbag through the hole.
  • Put a jump rope in a circle on the floor. Have your child toss the beanbag into the circle.
  • Play catch using a ball. Vary the size of the ball.
  • Play baseball and basketball with your child.

Background Information:

Physical development involves:

  • Having good muscle control and coordination (able to run, jump, climb, balance, skip, and play ball).
  • Developing hand-eye coordination (in order to draw, trace, write, cut with children’s scissors, stack, button, zip, and tie).
  • Having good personal hygiene, such as washing hands, brushing teeth, and using tissues.
  • Being aware of good safety.

When your child starts school, he will be more likely to do well if he is able to do these things.


You can help your child’s physical development by doing this activity.

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