$5 Friday — Bean Bag Toss

For $5 Friday, we made our own bean bag toss game and spent some time playing it outdoors. I indulged Emily’s love for outer space and made it a throw-the-star-into-the black-hole game. 

To make your own, use a star-shaped cookie cutter for a pattern and trace onto pieces of felt. Cut out the shapes. Sew together and leave a small gap to fill the bean bag with dry rice. Sew up the rest of the star. Cut a large hole out of a piece of black foam board. Decorate with white paint to make it look like a black hole.
Later, we came inside and made our own rocket from recyclables. We used an old mailing tube, but you could easily use a paper towel roll instead. 
Cut tissue paper into strips, and tape to the inside of one end of the tube. Cut out a circle from a piece of scrap paper, and cut a straight line from the outside of the circle to its center point. Fold edges over to make a cone shape. Glue the cone shape to the other end of the tube.
Here is the breakdown of how we spent our entertainment money today:
Foam Board: $3.59
Felt: 50 cents (25 cents per sheet x 2)
Paint: on hand
Dry Rice: on hand
Tissue Paper: 27 cents (clearance at Target)
Mailer Tube: Free from recycling bin
White Cardboard: Free from recycling bin
Tape: on hand
Glue: on hand
Total Spent = $4.86!!


  1. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Love it! What a great idea! I wonder how many felt bean bags I could make into different shapes??? Hmmm… sounds like a great toddler birthday gift. 🙂


  2. I love the space theme. That bean bag toss idea is so much fun.


  3. These are both creative ideas! I LOVE to recycle items into projects.

  4. BranFlakes says

    I love the black hole bean bag toss! I know a certain little boy who would love it too!

  5. Great idea! I love that you traced cookie cutters. Mom’s come up with everything!