Kids can play many games with the use of simple bean bags. One favorite game most kids enjoy is the bean bag toss. To play this, you will need a bean bag toss board.
Here’s how you can make your own.
- Gather your materials. You’ll need the following: 4x8 sheets of ¼ -inch plywood, 7 feet of 1x1 boards, wood glue, sandpaper, paint, paintbrushes, pencil or chalk, yardstick, drafting compass, 1-inch wood screws, C-clamp, circular saw, variable-speed drill, reciprocating straw, and bean bags.
- Divide the plywood sheet. With the use of a pencil or chalk and your yardstick, measure and mark a line that will divide the plywood sheet into two equal parts that measure 4x4 feet. Using the circular saw cut the plywood sheet into two halves and follow the line you marked previously. Set one half of the plywood sheet aside.
- Divide one piece of plywood sheet diagonally. Again using a pencil or chalk and a yardstick, divide the first piece of cut plywood into two equal parts, but this time, divide it diagonally, following the line you marked.
- Cut the 1x1 board in half. With the use of a pencil or chalk and your yardstick, measure and mark a line that will divide the board into two equal parts.
- Plan and sketch the toss board design. Be creative and ask the kids to help you out. You can draw their favorite cartoon characters or let them make their own sketches and doodles on the other half of 4x4 plywood.
- Cut a hole on the plywood. With the use of a pencil or chalk and your yardstick, measure and mark a hole for the bean bags. Make sure to adjust the size of the hole and make it big enough to fit your bean bags into it. Then cut the hole using a reciprocating saw.
- Mark the edges for screw placement. With the use of a pencil, make marks along the whole left and right edges of the toss board. Keep the distance 1 inch apart and 1 inch away from the edges. Start marking 3 inches away from the top of the board and stop when you’re 3 inches away from the bottom.
- Turn the toss board over. Mark the appropriate edges “top”, “bottom”, “left side” and “right side” in pencil. Lay the board face down on a flat, even surface.
- Place a 1x1 board on one side edge of the toss board. Make sure it’s positioned at the center and half an inch away from the edge of the board. Apply wood glue to join these two pieces together. Then attach a C-clamp at the end of the glued pieces to hold them both in place until the glue sets.
- Insert the 1-inch wood screws. Turn the toss board over and use a variable speed drill to insert the wood screws at the spots you marked earlier. Drill all the screws in and then remove the C-clamp, or you can reposition the C-clamp if it interferes with the screws.
- Turn the toss board face down. Get one diagonal piece of plywood which you cut earlier, and position it upright, making it rest at the top of the toss board and against the two glued pieces. Make sure the longest edge of the plywood piece is facing the bottom part of the toss board, one 4-foot edge lies along the toss board edge evenly, and the other 4-foot edge faces the top part of the toss board.
- Lay down the diagonal piece of plywood on a flat surface. With the use of a pencil, make marks along the outside of the 4-foot edge for screw placement. This should lie against the toss board. Keep the distance 1 inch apart and 1 inch away from the edges. Start marking 3 inches away from one end and stop when you’re 3 inches away from the other end.
- Glue the other diagonal piece of plywood. Position the diagonal plywood and apply wood glue. Insert the C-clamp immediately to hold the glued pieces together until the glue sets.
- Insert 1-inch wood screws. Then remove the C-clamp after all the screws are in. Allow all the glue to dry.
- Design and paint the plywood. Call the kids to join you in painting the design, surface, and sides of the toss board. Make it as colorful as you want. Repeat steps 2-15 for the other toss board.
Bean bag toss boards come in many shapes and sizes, but an angled 4-foot square toss board seems like the perfect game board for outdoor use.