Kids Crafts: DIY Cornhole Set

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Cornhole is a fun backyard activity for the whole family. It’s a great activity for kids to have fun and at the same time, enhance their motor skills.

Take it a step further and help them make their own kid-sized custom cornhole set. It’s a lot easier than you think. All you need is a little creativity and a few recyclable items you can find lying around the house.

Create a Kids’ Custom Cornhole Set

Gather the materials.

Before anything else, you need to secure all the materials you will need for the project. Since you are making two boards and eight bean bags, you should have enough materials to make all the equipment needed for the game.

For this project, you will need:

  • 2 cardboard boxes
  • A circular template (like a bowl, paper plate, or a compass)
  • A pen or a pencil to trace the circle with
  • A knife or a box cutter
  • Some adhesive tape
  • Bean bags (or other tossing alternatives like small pouches or socks)
  • Bean bag fillers (corn kernels or other alternatives like sand or pebbles)
  • Art supplies (markers, crayons, glue, glitters, stickers, etc.)

Make the board boxes. father and son making boxes

  1. Step 1: Look for the right cardboard box. Since cornhole uses two boards, look for two identical boxes. The size of the box will depend on the players’ ages. Smaller kids will need a bigger target with a bigger hole while older kids can handle the challenge of playing with a smaller box and a smaller hole.
  2. Step 2: Tape down all the flaps of the box in place.
  3. Step 3: Trace a circle on one surface of the box using a circle template. Ideally, it should not be on the side with flaps. Do the same for the other box.
  4. Step 4: Cut out the holes using a knife or a box cutter. Make sure you wear your protective gloves before cutting through the box. You may want to take over this task on behalf of smaller kids. Tweens and teens, however, can work on this under your guidance and supervision.
  5. Step 5: Decorate the box using the art supplies. You can paint them, draw on them or glue glitter and shape cut-outs on them. Let your children unleash their creativity and allow them to have a free hand in designing their boards.

Sew the bean bags.

  1. Step 1: Prepare the pouches or socks and the fillers. You may use any similar filler like rice, corn, dried beans or pebbles.
  2. Step 2: Pour in the fillers inside the makeshift bags.
  3. Step 3: Sew the bags shut or tie them up in knots to seal them up.
  4. Step 4: Make eight bean bags, four for each team.

Playtime!

Once you’re done with the boards and the bean bags, it’s now time to take them out to play. Use a rock or a piece of wood to prop one edge of the box at an angle. Add some rocks inside the box to keep it in place and prevent it from sliding.

Draw a foul line on the ground and start tossing those bags in.

This activity teaches your children the value of recycling and repurposing, improves their motor skills, and enhances their creativity. Whoever said that learning is not fun?

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