Cats and dinos! (:

I made the kids bean bags ages ago using the oh-so-cute fabric from the Urban Zoologie collection by Ann Kelle.  I first tried filling the bags with mung beans which was an expensive choice (and it was bio!), I decided to replace it with white a kidney bean which was a practical alternative.

The first time the kids saw it, they were curious what it was and what it was for. So I showed them few ways how to play with it.  And being an open-ended toy, it encouraged them to use their imagination and come up with their own ideas for play.

Last week, I took the bean bags out and my son and I played for an hour shooting the bean bags inside the hula hoop. He had so much fun!  Since I had some chores to do, I left him playing alone and later found him engrossed, counting the bean bags.

What you can do with bean bags?
1.    Toss and catch. With a partner, you can toss the bean bag to him/her and he/she catches it and tosses it back at you. Or you can also play it alone.
2.    Shoot into a bucket. (or hula hoop for younger kids. It’s easier for them to throw it inside coz the diameter is wide).
3.    Balancing the bean bag on your head, shoulder or any body part, while walking towards the bucket where you drop it inside.
4.    My daughter uses it as beds for her ponies. Cute!

Pile ’em up!

5.    It can be used to practice counting.
6.    Got a sore body? Use it as a heating pack.  Microwave for few seconds and its ready!
7.    Hand warmers! I bet it would be great to put inside the pocket during the cold winter while waiting in the bus stop or walking out.

Oh well, don’t worry about it.  Just give it to your kids and they’ll surely find a way how to enjoy their little bean bags.  I have to admit I like squeezing it in my hand.