Time-fillers w. bean bags
  1. Ask a question, then toss the beanbag to a child to answer the question. They answer the question and toss it back. Ask the next question and toss beanbag to another child.
    1st Variation: do a review of your lesson by tossing the bag to each child and asking them a question about something they were taught in the lesson.
    2nd Variation: Ask the children a question; then, while your back is turned, have the children pass a bean bag or small ball from one child to another. When you turn around, ask the child holding the bean bag or small ball to answer the question.
  2. Put pictures from recent lessons in their page protectors on the floor. Children take turns tossing the bag on a picture. Then they have to tell what that picture is about.
  3. Time for a music break! Everyone stands up. Play Primary music CD as children pass the beanbag. When the music stops, whoever is holding the beanbag sits down. Keep going until everyone is sitting.
  4. Toss the beanbag to a child. Say something you like about that child. Then they can toss it to someone else and say something nice about them.
  5. Have each child say something they are thankful for when you toss them the beanbag.
  6. Hide the beanbag in the classroom. The first person to spot it and raise their hand gets a special assignment like choosing a child to give the prayer or putting the chairs away or returning things to the library (remind them not to race for the bag--that only causes reverence problems).
  7. Categories: Stand or sit in a circle. Choose a category. One person starts the beanbag moving by naming one thing in that category then passing the bag to the next person. You could either do "outs" or just have time limits.
    Possible categories:
    Latter Day prophets
    Books in the Book of Mormon, Old Testament, New Testament
    Scripture stories
    Primary Songs
  8. For a noisy or talkative class, try this one! Tell the children that only the person holding the beanbag may talk. "Right now I am giving the lesson so I am the one holding the bag. If you have something to share or know the answer to a question, raise your hand and when I toss you the bean bag you may talk."
  9. Pin questions all over the beanbag. Toss it to a child. They get to pick a question and give the answer. Then toss it to another person to pick another question to answer.
  10. When the kids walk in class, hand one of them the bean bag. Let them choose a reverent or quiet person in class to hold the bag for 5 minutes or until you ask that child to choose another person that is being reverent or quiet to hold the bag.
  11. For Nursery have kids toss beanbags into buckets.
  12. Start a sentence, scripture, story, etc., and then toss the beanbag to a child to finish the sentence, scripture, story.
  13. Write questions on big squares of paper or footprints or some shape that corresponds to the lesson or activity. Place them on the floor. Have kids stand back and toss the bag. They get to answer the question that their bag lands on.
  14. Articles of Faith: Have the players stand back about eight feet and throw a bean bag into a muffin tin. The muffin tin has numbers in the bottom. The person has to say the Article of Faith corresponding to the number of the partition the bag lands in. Younger children can repeat the Articles of Faith with you.