Jack-o-lantern Bean Bag Toss!

This super easy game is perfect for Halloween parties, preschools, or just playing at home! All you need is some cardboard and paint to put it together! I was trying to figure out how to make it stand the way a wooden cornhole game does, but with this method, the board stands upright so kids can see the pumpkin picture from far away, and best of all,  it was SO simple to make!

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To start, you’ll need a large rectangle of cardboard (at least 2×3 feet but the dimensions are really up to you!), and a second long, skinny rectangle. Make sure you have good, sturdy cardboard for this project.

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool!

The skinny rectangle is going to become the stand- it’s the same principle as a paper doll. Fold it over and make slits a few inches in from each end. The slits should start at the top and go about halfway down. You might have to cut away a little cardboard from the middle so they’re about as wide as the cardboard you’re using. Make slits a few inches in from either side at the bottom of your large rectangle as well. Try and make them the same length as the slits on the other piece. It’s okay if it’s not exact.

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool!

You should be able to set up the skinny rectangle like two sides of a triangle and slot the larger one into it so it stands!

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool!

Now you’re ready to paint! (You’ll want to take it off the stand for this part).

Start by painting an orange pumpkin, as large as possible. I gave it a blue background to add contrast. I LOVE how the colors look together!

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool!

You can paint the ends of the stand too if you want (the rest of it will be hidden so you can leave it plain).

I’d suggest letting the paint dry before tackling the next step- cutting out the eyes and mouth! (This part is really easy if you have an x-acto knife!)

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool! I tried to make the holes as big as possible since little kids will be playing with it, but the exact design is up to you.

Then you might want to trace around the holes with black paint for emphasis and add a stem;

This Jack-O-Lantern beanbag toss game is so simple to make and will be LOTS of fun for kids at fall parties, Halloween parties, or as part of a pumpkin theme for preschool or homeschool!

Then stand it up on your base and it’s good to go! How easy was that??Giant pumpkin beanbag toss game made out of cardboard- it’s like DIY cornhole for kids!

If you need beanbags to go with it, you could buy some, sew some, or make simple, no-sew beanbags out of socks, felt, or duct tape! The idea to make them out of socks looks SUPER easy and would be especially cute if you used these Halloween themed socks!

If you’d like to try another fun fall craft, check out my Pumpkin Playhouse- DIY Puppet Theater!  or Autumn Pasta: A Sensory and Fine Motor Activity

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