Fun Bean Bag Game Made With Recyclables

Recycle coffee cans to make this fun bean bag game. You can play indoors on a rainy day, or outdoors on a sunny day! Games and activities you make yourself mean fewer materials go to the landfill and less time is spent shopping for new items. 

Bean bag game with recycled coffee cans

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This is an easy DIY project you and the kids will love. It takes little time to prepare, and recycles materials that otherwise would go to the landfill.

This game can be played at a birthday party or school event, with several participants or just one or two kids at a time.

Kids will want to play over and over and over.

Bean bag game with recyclables

Games of toss are fun for indoor or outdoor play. They promote fine motor strength (holding the bags with palms and fingers) and gross motor skills (arm movements to toss the bags, and body movement to gather the bags).

No special skills or equipment is required for a game of toss. You can use a laundry basket and rolled up socks to start a simple game with young kids.

This version is made with recycled coffee cans and homemade bean bags.


Bean bags made from recycled denim

Denim diy bean bags



Supplies for bean bag toss

  • empty coffee cans
  • wooden board
  • wood screws
  • construction paper

Instructions for bean bag game:


Coffee can bean bag toss game for kids


1. Cover cans with construction paper.


  • Wrap each can with a different color of paper.
  • Add letters or numbers to the cans or to the board.

2. Arrange coffee cans on a sturdy base such as 1/2 inch plywood and secure with screw nails as shown.

3. Lay the board flat on the ground, or raise one end by leaning on a step or chair.

4. Stand behind a line made with masking tape, chalk or string. Toss bean bags or soft foam balls into the cans!

 Indoor gross motor play with recyclables for kids

Learning through play
  • Younger children can identify and name the color or number where the bean bag lands.
  • Older kids can aim for a certain number and even add their scores.

  • Print suggestions for movements on small pieces of paper and place one in each coffee can. When your child lands a bean bag in a can, have him do the action indicated on the paper. Examples: 1) wave arms overhead 2) jump up and down 3) walk on tiptoes 4) clap hands


Indoors or outdoors, kids will have fun playing this bean bag game with family and friends.


Ready! Aim! Toss!



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