How to Use a Grain Bin for Acrobatic Training

Have you ever played in grain bins? If not, you are missing out.

Since I’m guessing most of you have in fact never played in grain bins, I have kindly compiled a tutorial to show you how it’s done. 😀 (Even though the pictures are *ahem* not my best – the grain bins don’t have what you’d call perfect lighting.)

First, you must find a grain bin. Fortunately that’s not too hard for us since we have several on our farm. You’ll need to find one that has corn in it, or the fun will be considerably diminished. (Although empty grain bins are good for letting your dog catch mice in.) Make sure the bin isn’t too full so you’ll have plenty of room for your acrobatics.

An example of a good grain bin choice: (Fun fact: did you know this grain bin can hold about 45,000 bushels of corn when it’s full?!)

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Next you must enter the grain bin. Depending on how full it is, you will either need to climb in through the door or else climb a ladder/staircase and enter through a trapdoor. We chose the latter. (But not the ladder. Heh heh.) Some advice while climbing: don’t look down and try not to dwell on the seeming frailty of the staircase.

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Now comes the hard part: getting in. This takes a good bit of courage the first time, because you’re pretty much looking down into a cavernous black hole. Also the trapdoor is usually rather small. But be brave – adventure awaits!

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Climb down the ladder. Once inside, the grain bin looks quite light, and you shouldn’t feel claustrophobic anymore. In fact, you wonder why you were worried. (You remember again when you climb out.)

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Time for the fun to begin! One of the best things to do in a grain bin is practice your acrobatic skills: in other words, jump off the ladder a lot. It’s kind of like jumping off of a hay loft into hay, only more… corny. Plus you get an added bonus of sinking up to your knees in corn kernels!

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If you’re wondering what all that annoying bokeh comes from, the answer is corn dust.

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If you tire of acrobatics, you can always bury your friend in the corn or throw handfuls at the metal wall to make a satisfactory ringing sound. It’s also fun to play “Whales.”

Whales Instructions: fill someone’s socks (preferably your sibling’s/friend’s) with corn, and tie off the top. You have made a “whale.” Now divide up into two teams with equal amounts of whales per team, select a battle cry (“FOR NARNIA!”) and throw your corn-filled aquatic mammals at the other team, making sure not to cross the invisible middle line. Each participant is out after being hit three times. If you catch a whale, the person who threw it loses a life. Whichever team has the last person standing wins!

HA HA HA that was so fun to write. 😄 I hope you enjoyed this helpful how-to, and I trust you will refer to it if the need arises. 😄

***Allison***

P. S. You have only day to enter my giveaway! (Thank you soooo much, everyone who entered so far!) I will post the winner on October 29th. I can’t wait to see who wins!

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74 thoughts on “How to Use a Grain Bin for Acrobatic Training

  1. This was neato! I was wondering though.. I have always heard that going in grain bins is dangerous because people sink and die!! Is a corn one different??
    The games and such inside sound like fun! Does it hurt, landing in the corn? Just curious. 😉

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    1. Thanks, Livy! Oh yeah, maybe if it has silage (chopped up cornstalk) it would be more dangerous, but in corn you only sink, like, up to your ankles. Good point, though, definitely ask before you go jumping in anybody’s grain bin. 😄 (For more reasons than one. 😉 )
      Yes, they are! Well, it slaps your feet a little, but no, it doesn’t really hurt. 🙂

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    1. I KNOOOOW! It’s not really dangerous, but I suppose bad things could happen just like in any other form of play. The corn is “soft” enough that it doesn’t really hurt to land in, and you don’t sink in it like quicksand or anything. 🙂

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  2. While I don’t live on a farm, I live near some. There’s a local corn maze place that has a grain bin like thing full of corn for this purpose. It’s so fun!

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  3. Looks like so much fun (and SO MUCH CORN) !! Take me with you, haha!! 😄 Sadly, I don’t believe I will be playing in any grain bins any time soon, but if I ever get the chance, I know what I can do! 😄

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