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Angry Birds Bean Bag Toss Game!

By Brenda Ponnay

What do you do when when you really want to play Angry Birds like all the other kids but you don’t have access to a smart phone or an iPad or even a computer? You invent your own version of course!



That’s just what some children of a friend of mine did and it was so ingenious, I had to write about it here because I know you all would love it just as much as I did.

bird bean bags

First you you’ll need some Angry Bird bean bags.

You can buy Angry Birds plush toys here that work great or you can make them like we did.

You can get as elaborate or as simple as you like. If you don’t sew, just fill some plastic bags and tie them off with rubber bands and feathers at the top. If you like to sew, you can get crazy with hand-stitched felt beaks and realistic eyeballs. I fall somewhere in the middle with my sewing skills so I made some simple shapes, added felt feathers and used iron-on paper to create their distinctive angry faces. If you would like to copy me, feel free to print out their faces here. (And here’s a bigger chicken version here if you want to make him to scale.)

You can fill your bean bags with beans or lentils or even popcorn. If you want to make them washable, you might want to invest in some plastic pellets that can be found at any fabric or craft store.

Bug poses with her set

Sew them up and you’re ready for action. Well at least the first part of the action. The next part is setting up the pigs and their lair.

pig faces

We used mini pumpkins for the pigs and cut out faces to glue-dot to them. More printables! I’ve got you covered. Of course you could sew little pigs here too but mini pumpkins are handy and we had some anxious kids who just wanted to play already when we set this up.

pig lair

Next, we created the pig’s lair. Having an addiction to online shopping or just a decent collection of packaging supplies can come in handy here. Small boxes for the win! We tucked the pumpkins into little spaces between the boxes and the game was ready to begin!

make the shot

Kerplowie! Kabamo! Ker-smasheroo! Who knew knocking over box towers could be so much fun?! Take that you egg-stealing pigs!

target practice

hooray! we destroyed the pigs!


angry birds

So this went on for quite a while. Each round becoming more complicated with box reinforcements and egg-stealing strategies. I say leave this part to the kids. They always make up their own rules anyway.


It’s all a bunch of fun and with this game more than your thumbs get a work out. I can see this easily spinning off into a whole theme party. Who says you have to have a smart phone to have all the fun?

p.s. We love you Angry Birds. We’ll take this post down if this bothers you. We’ve just made this craft because we wanted to keep the Angry Birds party going.

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, mak...

Brenda Ponnay is a stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood to her adorable daughter by day and freelance graphic design/illustration by night. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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  • Lisa

    October 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Fantastic idea , this post has made my day – very funny

  • Reese

    October 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    LOVE this!!  Totally going to use it for a Halloween party game!  Only problem is the link for the pigs didn’t quite work 🙁  I got a printable, but it looks like a single jack-o-lantern face, rather than all of those cute pigs!  Please help me out!


  • Brenda Ponnay

    October 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m sorry!  I don’t have access to the Alpha+Mom ftp site so I can’t fix the link but I do have them on my site temporarily.  

    and here:

    I’m sure Isabel will fix it shortly.  🙂

    Isabel: It’s fixed now. Sorry about the delay, but I’m in a location with spotty internet coverage.

  • Amy T.

    October 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    What a fantastic idea! My son LOVES Angry Birds and I think he’d get a kick out of this game. What a great idea for a party game, too.

  • Marie

    October 16, 2011 at 9:10 am

    My son would love fact he would probably love helping me make it just as much as playing it.  I have to set this up as a craft activity for us.  thank you!

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  • Karen

    April 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for inspiring me. I hope you don’t mind that I’ve linked to your post:

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  • Mayra Rachel

    April 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Fantastic idea. This is a fun homemade toy.

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