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Getting outside and playing with your kids is not only a fun way to embrace family time. It includes the cherubs you call your own, but it’s also great for the mind, body, and spirit of everyone involved. Whether the heat of summer or the chill of fall, outdoor games have stood the test of time.
Cornhole, a favorite at picnic and tailgating parties alike, is a great game to include the whole family.
Though cornhole (also known as bags, Baggo, or dummy boards) has really only gained celeb status over the last decade. This game has been around for centuries. The game involves launching small bags filled with dried beans or corn (Oh, there’s the corn!) and sinking them in the hole of opposing cornhole boards.(Or, as close as you can get, anyway.)
How do I do it?
The key ingredient in a successful launch is a well-aimed, underhand toss of the bag. As mentioned, this bag o’ beans (or corn!) weighs in at about 15 ounces making it light enough for flight, yet meaty enough that winds (and butterflies) won’t steer it off course. The toss is as simple as aim, wind up, and release.
Can kids play?
The cool thing about cornhole is that it’s fun and achievable for young and elderly kids alike! The small bags of dried corn (or beans) weigh less than a pound and are easily manipulated by hands of all sizes. And although the official rules ask for 27 feet between the bottom edges of each platform. There’s no reason you can’t move them a little closer to allow for successful gameplay of the little ones.
As you might guess, this game uses mostly upper body. However, the core (abs, obliques, mid and lower back) also chime in on the fun, as they help hold the body in position for a great toss. In addition, after each toss of three bags, it’s time to walk (or run, or skip) to the other side!