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Memorial Day Activity: Build Cardboard Cornhole

Guest post by the Mud Pie Makers.

Are you looking for a fun activity to memorialize the moments of your upcoming Memorial Day weekend? Do you have any cardboard boxes stashed away in your basement, garage, or living room? We have a great solution for you.

I am personally a big fan of cardboard boxes. I keep a stash in the basement and I have my favorite haunts for finding them. If you have ever driven behind a pet supply store or bookstore or outdoor furniture showroom you have probably seen a huge dumpster labeled Cardboard Only. Score! Yes, I have scavenged these dumpsters and have been seen 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 family a good excuse to stay outside over the long holiday weekend, 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 wooden cornhole set with fancy corn-bags. So whipping up a little homemade version great for inside or outside play sounded like the perfect project for me and my crew.

Materials needed:

  • 2 Cardboard Boxes similar in size. (Ours were approximately 14 inches wide x 20 inches long x 14 inches tall)
  • Box cutters 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.

memorial day activities with kids

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.

memorial day with kids

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.

making a cornhole game

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!
making a cornhole game

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.

making cornhole game

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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Special Thanks to Kylee from the . Be sure to check out their Blog and .

The Mud Pie Makers is a place to find simple, creative ideas for living in the moment and forming fun family memories that will be shared during many Thanksgiving meals to come. This forum is an excuse to let loose some collective creativity, to keep us accountable of the fun we are creating in our own homes, and to open up conversations about the triumphs and failures we experience as the moms of little ones.

Kylee is living her dream job at home with her 3 small kiddos. She loves reading fairy tales with them, sewing costumes, playing Mother-May-I, creating cardboard box pirate ships…and daydreaming (that her bathrooms will self-clean while she’s occupied with better things).

Tara is also leading a full and busy life keeping up with 3 kids ages 5 and under. She loves making couch forts, creating full-length musicals with tons of vibrato, and distributing spoons for batter licking. She is attempting to balance the demands of home-making with the more important responsibility of nurturing the 3 smalls souls entrusted to her.

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  • June 1, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Its a great idea to keep your children busy in vacations 🙂
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    Jennah Smith
    PMS Relief

  • May 31, 2011, 8:41 am

    This is wonderful, so many parents let their kids sit in front of the TV or play video games and not help them nurture their creative side.

  • May 27, 2011, 11:57 am

    Excellent idea, I love cornhole and haven’t wanted to spend the money on an official cornhole game. I’ll have to try this with my kiddos!

  • Patti D. May 27, 2011, 9:40 am

    It’s amazing! looks like fun for the whole family! great idea.

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