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Toddler Bean Bags

Toddler Bean Bags
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This will provide safe items to focus on when toddlers begin their inevitable, and necessary, experiments with throwing.

60 minutes
12 - 60 months
Group size
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)


  1. For toddler hands, 3 1/2 inch bean bags are perfectly sized, and 10-12 bags per set will provide endless play time.
  2. For every individual bean bag, cut two pieces of fabric, each 3 1/2 inches square.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.)
  5. 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.
  6. Stitch the open side of bean bag, first with straight stitch at 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  7. Complete bean bag with row of zig-zag stitching between straight stitch and edge of fabric.
  8. Trim threads.
  9. Select target receptacle, and let the play begin.
Tips & Tricks
Bags of similar fabrics work well for games, and bags of diverse color or print are great for sorting.
Safety Tip
If using an organic material for the weights, be sure to keep bean bags in dry location.
Associated Activity
Demonstrate target practice by throwing bean bags into designated container. Create a game of throwing back and forth.
With toddlers, wide open mouth containers make for the most successful targets.
Older children can make their own targets, with multiple levels of difficulty to create games of skill.
Associated Activity
Beanbags also occupy little hands and minds by providing materials to stack, stuff into containers, and pour from one container to another.
Associated Activity
For 3 or more children , have them sit in a circle and play the song "Pass the Bean Bag" by Georgiana Stewart.

Original Source

Linda O

Developmental skills