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Beanbag Toss – A Fun Game For All The Family!

Updated on June 23, 2010

If you're looking for a way to keep your family entertained during the warmer months, try beanbag toss. This is a fun game for two or more players that can also be played in doubles or teams.

What Is Beanbag Toss?

The idea behind bean bag toss is very simple - you have a long raised platform with a hole in it, and your job is to throw small beanbags at the board and try to get them into the hole. Beanbag toss is also known as cornhole, a name which refers to its popularity among American farmers, who would throw small bags bags full of feed corn at home-made platforms.

Although bean bag toss’ history is uncertain, some believe that it dates back to 14th century Germany, and resurfaced in America in the 19th century.

The Rules Of Beanbag Toss

When playing bean bag toss, you stand in a pitcher's area, which can be slightly to the left or the right of the board. Each player takes turns throwing his or her beanbags at the hole, and play is divided into innings, in each of which the player throws four beanbags.

Points are awarded for accuracy, and if the bag goes through the hole you get three points, and if it just lands on the board you get one point. The winner is the first player or team to reach 21 points by the end of an innings.

You can also get bean bag toss boards moving about which feature more than one hole, to make the game even more challenging.

To read about the bean bag toss rules in more detail, visit this Wikipedia page.

Why Play Beanbag Toss?

Bean bag toss became very popular among students in the 1990s, and its popularity continues today. People like it because the rules are easy, but the game is actually quite challenging. And as you accuracy will improve with practice, it can be very rewarding when you start lobbing the beanbags directly into the hole.

Another reason for bean bag toss’ popularity is that children and adults of any age can play, and it provides some exercise without being overly strenuous. Like other lawn games, bean bag toss is also a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the nice weather.

Thirdly, bean bag toss is relatively cheap to play as far as outdoor games go, as boards can be purchased quite cheaply, or if you are feeling creative, you can make your own quite easily.

Buying Beanbag Toss Beanbags and Boards

Department stores and other shops that sell games will often stock bean bag toss boards and gaming beanbags. You can also get bean bag toss equipment that is aimed at children - this often features vary vibrantly decorated boards and beanbags in novelty shapes such as animals.

 However, for the best prices and widest variety, it pays to shop online, as Internet-based retailers don't have the overheads of regular stores, and so can pass the savings on to you. eBay is a great place to find cheap beanbag toss equipment, as is Amazon (above).


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