Monday, 4 March 2013

How to make a simple Bean Bag

Bean bags are fun all by themselves: throwing them and catching them, target practice, aiming them at brothers and sisters!  (Did I just say that!)
 
 
 
I have also found that they have so many other uses too.  We have used them to learn history through play, we have also used them recently in a maths game Honi and I made up.  It is also great for hand eye co-ordination and an easy project perfect to start learning the skill of sewing.
 

This is what you will need:



  1. A piece of material (we made it 20cm by 13cm) you could cut up an old shirt or bedsheet if you don't have anything else around.
  2. Thread and needle
  3. Scissors
  4. Ruler
  5. Lentils, beans or rice

     

How to make it:

 
Cut out 2 rectangles 20cm by 13cm works well.
 
 
Thread your needle and make a knot at the very end of it.  Turn your material inside out so it looks like this...

 
Put the two pieces together but so you can see the back of the material both sides (inside out to what you want it to look like when it's finished). then about half a cm to a whole cm away from the edge sew using a running stitch.

 
If you want to see how the stich is done I found this really good youtube video to explain it.
 
Sew right round all four edges apart from an inch right at the end then turn it inside out so it looks like this...
 
 
The gap will look like this and then...

 
You can fill it!

 
Finish sewing it up to the end so the filling doesn't fall out and then you are ready to play.

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