How to play bean bag dash

You can play this fun, group sport as a team or even just one-on-one, where the first to get 10 beanbags on their chair wins!

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, helping build confidence and independence through learning new skills and making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • A big pile of hand-held beanbags or similar soft, sensory items
  • Chairs

How to set up

  • Divide the groups into teams
  • Have each team place their team’s chair next to them
  • Each team also places their own pile of beanbags about 10 meters away

Playing the game

  • When the leader shouts ‘Go!’, one player from each team must go and collect a beanbag from their pile as fast as they can, bringing it back and placing it on their team’s chair.
  • The first team to reach 10 bean bags on their chair wins!

Other ways to play

    Swap the bean bags for items with different textures, and instead of competing, players focus on how the object feels and its different textures on their way back to the chair
  • Increase or decrease the distance
  • Add obstacles to navigate around
  • Change the number of bean bags