Beanbags

by Wendy on March 2, 2009

Beanbags

This weekend I made some beanbags for Wyatt and Augie. I took the design for the beanbags from WhiMSy Love and copied her design pretty much exactly. Pretty freaking cute, aren’t they?

Beanbags

So what are we going to do with these beanbags? Well, Augie has been enjoying chewing them and drooling on them (closely supervised of course — they do have teeny little choke-able beans in them).

Wyatt and I played a tossing game with them that was reminiscent of Bozo’s Grand Prize Game. For those of you with hazy memories (or who don’t know what I’m talking about), I set up my nesting mixing bowls in a line from biggest to smallest. We stood a few feet back from the biggest bowl and took turns tossing bean bags into the bowls, starting with the biggest, closest bowl and progressing to the smallest, farthest bowl. Of course, my hyper-competitive perfectionist threw a fit the first time he missed a toss, but since it was supposed to be fun, we bent the rules of our game a bit as we went along to keep it entertaining while gently encouraging good sportsmanship. (BTW — does anyone have any tips along these lines? Wyatt is the worst sport, both as a loser and as a winner.)

Beanbag game

Wyatt also made up his own game. He rearranged the bowls in a horizontal line and tossed the beanbags into the bowls of matching colors.

Beanbag game

Other things we’ve done with the bags include:

  • lining them up in rainbow order
  • lining them up with straight sides touching and then with corners touching to see which made a longer line
  • lots of sorting games — put the bags in piles according to what shapes are on them, put them in piles by color, put them in piles by the size of the dots in the fabric applique, etc.
  • sort as above and then count the piles to compare which is bigger and which is smaller
  • throw them around the kitchen until Mom gets mad and yells for you to stop
  • strew them across the living room to encourage Augie to crawl to them
  • juggle them (Zach’s the only one who can do this)
  • come up with home defense strategies: “If a lion or a tiger comes to our house, I will throw a beanbag in his face because they don’t like to eat beanbags. Beanbags are very yucky to tigers.”

Any other ideas? What do you do with beanbags?

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  • http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com/ nikki/whimsylove

    Your beanbags turned out SOOOO cute! Glad you enjoyed the tute!
    I also love your ideas for them. haha!
    Bozo’s prize game is one of my all time favorite things EVER!

  • http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com nikki/whimsylove

    Your beanbags turned out SOOOO cute! Glad you enjoyed the tute!
    I also love your ideas for them. haha!
    Bozo’s prize game is one of my all time favorite things EVER!

  • http://www.3peasinbrooklyn.blogspot.com/ Robyn

    I love them!!! So sweet!!! Makes me want to make some of my own! Great gifts! hmm…..

    Thanks!

  • http://www.3peasinbrooklyn.blogspot.com Robyn

    I love them!!! So sweet!!! Makes me want to make some of my own! Great gifts! hmm…..

    Thanks!

  • http://notenoughacresfarm.blogspot.com/ Valerie

    What a great idea! You can use them for bean bag math games. Lynn at Raising Little Shoots had a post recently about using bean bags. http://raisinglittleshoots.blogspot.com/2009/02/bean-bag-maths.html

    I’ll have to try and make some soon.
    :) Valerie

  • http://notenoughacresfarm.blogspot.com/ Valerie

    What a great idea! You can use them for bean bag math games. Lynn at Raising Little Shoots had a post recently about using bean bags. http://raisinglittleshoots.blogspot.com/2009/02/bean-bag-maths.html

    I’ll have to try and make some soon.
    :) Valerie

  • http://shannon.users.sonic.net/blog/ shannon

    The beanbags are adorable!

    I was hyper-competitive as a kid too. I remember that my mom used to refuse to play with me sometimes if I got too bad; she’d stop a board game right in the middle if I was gloating about my success or whining about being behind. I think that was pretty effective strategy. There may have been a tantrum in the short term when she walked away from the game, but it did eventually teach me some basic board-game civility.

  • http://shannon.users.sonic.net/blog/ shannon

    The beanbags are adorable!

    I was hyper-competitive as a kid too. I remember that my mom used to refuse to play with me sometimes if I got too bad; she’d stop a board game right in the middle if I was gloating about my success or whining about being behind. I think that was pretty effective strategy. There may have been a tantrum in the short term when she walked away from the game, but it did eventually teach me some basic board-game civility.

  • http://travelinglonghorns.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    I finally got time to try my hand at making the bean bags! Thanks for your post and the ideas. I linked you and whiMSy Love on my blog. Hope you had a great trip in Austin! I miss it there so much, that is where we are from. Only one more year here and then back to Keep Austin Weird! Hope you had some good tex-mex and good times on your visit.

  • http://travelinglonghorns.blogspot.com/ Jenni

    I finally got time to try my hand at making the bean bags! Thanks for your post and the ideas. I linked you and whiMSy Love on my blog. Hope you had a great trip in Austin! I miss it there so much, that is where we are from. Only one more year here and then back to Keep Austin Weird! Hope you had some good tex-mex and good times on your visit.

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