Cheap Thrills — Simple Bean Bag Game

For a fun time, sew up a few easy bean bags. Then take them to your driveway for a test run with some targets drawn with sidewalk chalk!

It’s so much fun, and a great way to practice addition by keeping score!
It’s not solely about the execution…. bonus points for style!
Extra bonus points for joining the kiddos!


Please help send me to Vermont for the Stonyfield Barnstorming Tour by voting for me here! As an added bonus, if I make the top 3, Stonyfield will make a $5000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. ((fingers crossed!))

You are allowed one vote per day per valid email address, and voting ends May 25th @ noon EST.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who is voting for me!! I truly appreciate it!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    Emily clearly crossed the throwing line. Did she receive a penalty?


    p.s. My beans!!!

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Mark — I let it slide since she exhibited such interesting…. I mean, graceful (Ha!)… form.

  3. Barbra Stephens says

    I love it. Striking a pose at the end is definitely a must….

  4. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Great idea – maybe this weekend!

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @Barbra — Agreed!! πŸ™‚


    I love this! Doing it tomorrow!

  7. Our last bean bags got left in the garden and sprouted plants….. and mold.

  8. oh and I voted again, just keep reminding me. really I have no memory. I learned the other day that kids literally do steal brain cells from us when we're pregnant.

  9. Raising a Happy Child says

    How fun! Last picture is my favorite πŸ™‚

  10. JDaniel4's Mom says

    Do they get style points? They look like they might.

  11. Val in the Rose Garden says

    Hey my friend! Thanks so much for keeping an eye on my blog for me while I was gone. πŸ™‚ MaryLea from Pink and Green mama won the Giveaway. πŸ™‚

    Have a fantastic day!

    Love Val

  12. Val in the Rose Garden says

    PS Voted for you. πŸ˜€

  13. So cute… love the pics.

    Oh, I voted again. Good luck.

  14. trooppetrie says

    voted, have a great day

  15. MaryAnne says

    Still have bean bags on my "to make" list…

    Off to vote =)

  16. I like this, must try it with the girls

  17. Great pictures!!!!!!!!! We haven't used our bean bags in a while. Time to dust them off!

  18. Just Breathe says

    That looks like fun. Love the action shots!

  19. Shaper of Little Souls says

    totally unrelted to this post but I didn't know how else to contact you.
    Can you send me the link to the post you had on a font that was dots. You used it for Emily to practice writing letters.
    love your projects by the way!