Bringing Families Together: the Cornhole Game

By: Dave Roth

There are not a lot of games today that can be enjoyed by families from young to old. Usually, there are games for older people, games for adults, games for teens, and games for children. Getting everyone together is difficult for a lot of reasons. For one thing, interests are very different based on age groups. Another problem is that not everyone has the same skill level or is able to do as much as another person. This means that a game that can be played by a healthy twenty five year old often cannot be played by a seventy five year old, with some exceptions, of course. Because this is the case, individuals who are looking for an enjoyable game that all of their family members can play often struggle to find anything. One good option is the Cornhole game. This game helps to bring family members closer by giving them all the opportunity to play. The game is very easy and the rules are not complicated, but yet it provides hours of enjoyment for people of all ages.

In order to play the Cornhole game, a person only has to buy the equipment, which does not cost that much.

He or she can also make his or her own Cornhole set, but not everyone wants to do this. Whether the set is bought or made, though, it can be set up easily and played easily, which are two very important points for getting people to all play a game together. If it is too complicated, a lot of people will decide to do something else because the game board either takes too long to prepare or the game itself is too complicated to learn quickly, so that it can be enjoyed. Since the Cornhole game has none of these problems, however, it is thought to be one of the most ideal games for families to play together. The Cornhole bags that are tossed at the board are soft and lightweight, and there are no sharp edges on the board. This means that young children can play it and be safe, and older people can play it without worrying about strength or athletic ability.

Because the Cornhole game is simplistic but very enjoyable, more families are playing it. It is more popular in the northern areas of the country, however, and sometimes seen out west, but it is not played as often in the southern regions. It is also sometimes called the bean bag game or the bean bag toss instead of the Cornhole game. The difference in the name is not that significant, though, because the game itself remains the same. The bean bag game sometimes uses a smaller board, but those who play the Cornhole game also sometimes use the smaller board for ease of transport to parties and other family gatherings. This is the only difference that is seen between the two, and the only variation in the Cornhole game, other than the filling in the bags, which is sometimes corn, sometimes beans, and sometimes plastic pellets.

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