Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cardboard Cornhole

I am a big fan of cardboard boxes.
I keep a little stash in the basement. I have my favorite haunts for finding them. Ever hap to drive behind a pet supply store or bookstore or outdoor furniture showroom? They usually have a huge dumpster labeled Cardboard Only. Score! Yes, I actually have scavenged by hanging over the side with my feet kicking up behind me. I consider it Active Recycling...it's my way of Living Green. And, as any seasoned parent knows, boxes are an endless source of entertainment for children!To give our little familia a good excuse to stay out and enjoy these spring evenings, and because I had some boxes looking for a new life, I decided to make a little cornhole-esque game. We do not own a fancy cornhole set made of wood and bright cornbags. So whipping up a little homemade version great for inside or outside play sounded like a happy project for me and my crew.

Materials needed:

  • 2 cardboard boxes similar in size...ours were approx. 14 in. wide x 20 in. long x 14 in. tall
  • boxcutters or a pair of scissors to cut cardboard
  • packaging tape and pen
  • paper plate or small dinner plate (for a template)
  • 8 pairs of socks (beanbags are ideal if you have them...socks are a fine substitute) Fold each pair up into a ball. They do not have to match—THIS is the day for which you've been holding onto all those mate-less socks!
  • acrylic craft paints, spray paint, or markers if you want to get all fancy



Assemble your boxes and tape down all the flaps. It is absolutely not necessary to paint the boxes, but if you do you will feel very crafty and the game will look even more “official.” Spray paint is fast and easy. Set up a spray booth outside (technical name for throwing down some newspapers or larger piece of cardboard, set your boxes on top and spray them.) They'll dry pretty quickly.



Now turn each box on its side and trace around the plate close to one end (the side will work better than trying to cut through flaps and paint over tape). This is a bigger circle than regulation cornhole, to accommodate our preschool players. Cut out the circles with the boxcutters or scissors. Whew. Dangerous work over.




To add an artsy outlet for the kids, I had them each decorate a box. Using craft paint I had on hand, I squeezed several colors onto a paper plate, gave out brushes, and let them go crazy.

One box had a lot of markings, so I had spray painted it white. But my daughter completely covered it with her painting, making my pains unnecessary. I underestimated how much fun they would have on this step—they spent close to 90 happily-occupied minutes unleashing creative energy!



Let paint dry. Rinse off kids. Ready for the second wave of fun! Set the boxes about 6-15 feet apart, depending on children's age and ability. Divide into 2 teams. Teammates should stand at opposite boxes. Give the one or two players on one side 4 pairs of socks each, and have them take turns tossing to get the socks in the hole of the opposite box.


Keep track of points with official Cornhole rules
here or just give a point for any socks that land in the hole. Then their teammates on the other end will take their turn tossing socks back.

Oh, the hours of fun about to ensue! Well, maybe we'll play later...

Right now I need to run out and replenish my box supply.


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5 comments:

  1. How fun!!!! I have a couple of boxes that I was going to get rid of... but I just can't now! Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Fridays at Sun Scholars. I'm off to share this post with my Facebook friends. :)

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  2. Thanks so much, Rachel! Hope your family likes it as much as my kids do!!

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  3. I am transforming some boxes for my soon to be 4 yr old's bday party. Thanks for the insight!

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