I have been wanting to buy my children bean bags for a while and never got to it. I have a CD of bean bag toss songs that teach following directions that I used with my own preschool classes when I was teaching. It was a great indoor activity in the heat of Summer, rainy days or the cold of Winter that kept the students focused, but moving to burn their pent up energy. There are countless games that you can play with bean bags (I share one below), but they can cost (without shipping) from $10 for a few to $30 for specialty sets. I am a novice with the sewing machine, but since I have mastered the straight line, I figured I could make some bean bags for my children with leftover scrap fabric. Here is what I did in case you are interested in trying it out yourself.
Step 1: Gather some fabric-If you have a scrap fabric bin or basket, look through it for scraps that can be cut into squares of anywhere between 5 and 7 inches.
Step 3: Cut your fabric into squares. (I measured 7 inches.) You will need two squares per bean bag. I use a white crayon to mark my fabric, but you can use a pen or tailor chalk if you have it. Place the fabric right sides together and sew along 3 sides to make a 'pita pocket'.
Step 4: Put about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beans or rice in a zip top bag, seal the bag, and if you desire use duct tape to tape the bag. (The bag will not be full, so as in the picture below, you will have excess bag that can be taped down to help it hold it's shape in the fabric pocket. I did not use the tape.)
Step 5: Place the bag into the fabric pocket. Tuck any excess bag down inside so that it does not bunch up too much. (The bag is used to prevent the beans or rice from absorbing moisture over time that could grow mold. Mold is an issue in our neck of the woods, so I am taking this precaution to get as much life out of these bean bags as possible.)
**Note: It has been two years since I made these bean bags, and they are still intact!
Step 6: Sew the bean bag closed. I am not an expert seamstress, so I just tucked in the open side, pinned it and sewed a seam across the top.
Step 7: Repeat steps 1-6 until you have as many bean bags as you want. The picture below shows how many I made within about 30 minutes. All that it cost was the price of the beans! They've been tossed and caught and dropped on the floor many times already and not one has popped. Very simple, very easy, and they can be used for so many activities.
You can even make a bean bag toss game out of a cardboard box. Here is what our bean bag toss game looked like:
Super simple. All you need is a cardboard box and a marker. I added a math element by labeling each flap with '5' and writing '10' in the bottom of the box. Each time the bean bag landed on a flap, the one tossing earned 5 points. If the bag landed in the box, 10 points were earned. We wrote each person's score on our chalk board and added up the totals as we went. (Great practice in counting by 5s and 10s!)
I saw one toss game on Pinterest and added it to my Indoor Gross Motor Activities for Kids board. It looked like the mouth of a funny monster which would be a more involved but fun one to create!
More fun activities to create at home:
Enjoy your time with your children,
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