How Many to Toss

How many times can you toss your bag into the box?

  • 1.

    Collect large, recycled cardboard boxes for this activity and out-dated magazines. Ask students to line their work area with recycled newspaper and put on their Crayola® Art Smocks.

  • 2.

    While adults are closely supervising, students fold the lids of their boxes down and paint the box, inside and out, using Crayola Washable Tempera Paint and So Big Brushes. Allow time for paint to dry overnight.

  • 3.

    While students are waiting for paint on boxes to dry, encourage them to review pictures in the recycled magazines, selecting a few pictures to decorate their boxes. Students tear or cut out the selected pictures and glue them to their boxes.

  • 4.

    To make direction cards for the Toss Game, students will use ten 3" x 5" index cards and write the numbers from 1 to 10 on them using Crayola Washable Markers.

  • 5.

    To create tossing bags for the game, students place small balls of various colors of Crayola Model Magic into small tossing bags. Close each bag and place it in the game box for storage.

  • 6.

    To play the game, break students into teams of 4. On a classroom white board or easel, write the name of each student on the team in order to keep score. Mix up the cards and place them face down in a neat pile. Place the box strategically and designate a place where students are to stand when tossing their game bags. Masking tape can be used to mark this place on the floor.

  • 7.

    In turn , each team player draws a card from the deck to determine how many tries he gets to toss the bag into the box.

  • 8.

    Each time the bag lands in the box, the team player puts a tally mark next to his name. When the game is complete, each student counts the marks next to his name to determine how many times he successfully tossed the bag into the box.


  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Participate in shared research and writing projects.
  • MATH: Know number names and the count sequence.
  • MATH: Count to tell the number of objects.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • One variation to the tossing game would be to select two index cards at once, find the difference between the two cards and toss that number of bags into the box. (Example: 5-3=2 tosses.)