I know I’m always looking for and thinking about fun activities for the family. That includes special days like Father’s Day. My family and I came up with a Dad inspired game perfect for your Father’s Day celebration.
The game we came up with is called, Throw the Burger on the Grill. It is a simple game that would work for any age level. Much like the valentine’s game, we came up with, you just need a few simple things and this fun game can be included in your activities for the family on Father’s Day.
My husband enjoys grilling when the weather is nice. I don’t want to stereotype things, but most men I know enjoy being the grill master. So, when coming up with a Father’s Day game, we felt like a game with hamburgers and a grill was a good match. For this game, you will want a bean bag and a ‘grill.’ I will show you how to make them for your game.
- Brown felt (1 per burger)
- Black Yarn
- doll needles (affiliate link)
- Silver pipe cleaners
- Large piece black foam
Making the grill was crazy easy. Take your black foam, space your silver pipe cleaners along with the foam. Staple them in place. I cut my large piece of foam in half. After playing the game, I would recommend leaving your foam large. We stood about 5 to 6 feet away from our ‘grill.’ It got a little frustrating with this size ‘grill’ to get the hamburger to land on the grill and stay there. If you have younger children, I highly recommend the larger grill. If you have older children or just want a more challenging game, cut your foam in half and have a smaller grill.
Next, you will need a burger bean bag. Now listen, I have fun making these things and coming up with these ideas. If that just isn’t fun to you or it is stressful, skip this step. Remember the point of these activities for the family is for you to spend quality and fun time with your family, not to stress you out. You can easily buy a bean bag and just call it your hamburger. I have found small bean bags for sale at a local teacher supply store. They would work perfectly and were less than $1 each. If you are lucky, maybe you can find a brown bean bag and use a marker to add your grill marks. Voila…done!
- Cut out the largest circle you can from your piece of felt. Cut a long piece of black yarn and thread it on one of your doll needles(affiliate link). I used doll needles because they are the only thing that I had through which I could both thread the yarn and pierce the felt. If you have something else that will do this…use it.
- I found it easiest to use my needle to go through the felt all the way across the line on which I was sewing. Then pull it and the yarn all the way through.
- Continue this process, creating your ‘grill marks’ all the way across your felt circle.
- Once you have finished the ‘grill marks,’ Tie off your yarn. Then sew around the edge of your felt circle.
- Pull the yarn to tighten the felt into a pouch or what will be your felt hamburger bean bag.
- Fill the pouch with beans (or whatever you have on hand that will give it a little weight and squishiness.
- Completely pull the yarn to close up your felt hamburger bean bag. Sew through the center multiple times to make sure it is completely closed and that no beans will escape. I probably did this 10 times because I knew we intended to toss these.
- Cute felt hamburger bean bags! I had two colors of brown felt on hand…so we joked that we had one medium burger and one burnt burger. lol!
Next, head outside to play your fun family game. As you can see above, we teamed up. Mr. T and Pumpkin were a team. Snowflake and I were a team. Most of the time Mr. T and Pumpkin were winning. Snowflake and I kept almost getting our burgers on the grill, but they seemed to bound off a lot…we looked sad. 🙁 We still managed to cheer for each other through most of the game.
Throw the Burger on the Grill Rules:
*Use a jump rope or other object to mark your line.
*Divide into teams of 2.
*Stand behind the line (do not lean over the line as some cheaters in our family tried to do!) to throw the burger.
*Throw the burger. Points are assigned based on where the burger lands. Each team member throws the burger one time per turn.
- 5 points for a burger fully on the grill
- 2 points for a burger partially on the grill
- 5 points for 2 partial burgers (if both team members get their burger partially on the grill)
- 12 points for 2 burgers fully on the grill (both team members get burger fully on the grill)
- 0 points for both burgers in the grass
*Play to 100 points. Though we played only to 50 points because we were using the smaller grill and it took quite a while. Which is why I recommend the larger size grill.
Snowflake was my teammate. She kept wanting to clean the burger every turn. As you can see we were playing on our grass. The burgers got dirty. Umm…totally expected. She was taking forever to take her turns in her desire to clean the burger (could she please clean up her toys like she wanted to clean the burger, I’m just saying). I took to tickling her to get her to go and not clean the burger….a Mom’s got to do what a Mom’s got to do!
Meanwhile, with no burger cleaning distractions, Mr. T and Pumpkin just kept getting points. In the end Snowflake and I came from behind and almost won, but in the last turn we tied everything up….so we all won! OK, really I think Snowflake and I won by a few points on the same turn that Mr. T and Pumpkin hit 50 points, but to keep the peace and because it is a Father’s Day game…we all won! Anyone else ever just call it a tie so there is no drama? Or is that just our house? At our house, it depends on the tiredness of the parents and the kids. This day we were all tired and I didn’t feel like dealing with it. Plus, it is a Father’s Day game…kind of seems like the Father should win.
Do you have any activities for the family planned for your Father’s Day celebration? What fun do you have planned?
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