Arts & Crafts
Toddler Bean Bags
Submitted by: Linda O
This will provide safe items to focus on when toddlers begin their inevitable, and necessary, experiments with throwing.
12 - 60 months
1 - 8 tots
- Cotton Fabric
- 1 pair Scissors
- 1 Sewing Machine
- 1 Funnel (wide mouth)
- 1 Measuring cup (1/4)
- 1/4 cup Dried beans (Dried corn, rice or small rounded pebbles)
- 2 Plastic food containers (flat bottomed baskets or containters)
- For toddler hands, 3 1/2 inch bean bags are perfectly sized, and 10-12 bags per set will provide endless play time.
- For every individual bean bag, cut two pieces of fabric, each 3 1/2 inches square.
- With wrong side of fabric together (right sides facing out) straight stich around 3 sides of each pair of fabric squares, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and 18-22 stitches per inch.
- Change stitch to small zig-zag, still 18-22 stitches per inch. Sew the same three sides, between line of straight stitching and edge of fabric. (The dense stitching and additional row provides seam strength to protect against a break in the stitching line, and subsequent spillage, once the bean bags are put into play.)
- Fill each bean bag with 1/4 cup of dried weights; beans, peas, corn or pebbles. It is important to use similar volume of filling, so your child can practice and predict the action of throwing.
- Stitch the open side of bean bag, first with straight stitch at 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- Complete bean bag with row of zig-zag stitching between straight stitch and edge of fabric.
- Trim threads.
- Select target receptacle, and let the play begin.
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