Friday, March 18, 2011

Bean Bags

March 20-26: Bean Bags

Book Suggestions:

Have Fun at Beanbag Camp by Charles M. Schulz
Beanbag Buddies by Judy Ann Sadler
Sew Your Own Beanbag Friends with Others by Jill Bryant


Bean Bags and Body Parts:
Materials: bean bag
Description: You and your toddler can learn about different body parts using a bean bag. Simply call out a body part and have your toddler place their bean bag on the body part that you call!

Skills Targeted: learn body parts, motor skill development, enhance listening skills, follow directions

Imagination Bean Bag:
Materials: a bean bag
Description: Toddlers have great imaginations. During this game, they can put their imaginations to work by pretending that their bean bag is all kinds of different things. You or your toddler can decide what the bean bag should be. Have your toddler manipulate the bean bag into whatever you decide it should be. For example: You say, "pretend your bean bag is a hat." Your toddler can put the bean bag on their head. Or, "Pretend your bean bag is an airplane." Your child can make their bean bag fly.

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, follow directions, enhance listening skills, motor skill development

Bean Bag Toss:
Materials: cardboard box, scissors, bean bags
Description: Cut a large hole in the cardboard box. (optional: You could draw a picture of an animal and make the hole the animal's mouth, or different shapes) Have your toddler toss bean bags and try to get them into the hole. Count how many bean bags they made into the hole!

If you do not have a cardboard box, you could use a large poster board and hang it from a ceiling fan or door frame.

Skills Targeted: motor skill development, shape recognition, counting

Shake the Bean Bag:
Materials: bean bag, music
Description: Bean Bags are great noise makers! Have your toddler shake their bean bag and listen to the sound that it makes. Remind your child that we use our ears to hear the bean bag (review from 5 senses week!). Turn on some music for your toddler and have them shake their bean bag to the beat!

Skills Targeted: sensory development, learn to move to music, understand the beat of a song, enhance creativity and imagination

Sock Bean Bags:
Materials: old clean socks, beans or rice, paint (optional)
Description: You and your toddler can make a whole set of bean bags using old (clean) socks. If you want, you can paint each sock a different color. Let the paint dry. Stuff the socks with beans or rice and tie the open end of the sock into a tight knot. (If you are good at sewing, you could also sew the open end close)

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity, free play, motor skill development

Paper Bag Bean Bags:
Materials: small paper bags, markers or paint, dried beans or rice, stapler
Description: Cut the closed end of a paper bag so that there is an opening on both ends.

Have your child decorate each paper bag using markers or paints. Let the paint dry. Adults only...Fold one end of the paper bag down several times and staple it closed. (Using several staples along the length of the fold will work best.) Have your toddler help you fill the paper bag with dried beans or rice. Fold the other end over several times and staple this end close using several staples so that the beans and rice cannot come out. Your toddler will love shaking these paper bags just like they enjoy shaking real bean bags. (Be careful not shake these too hard so that they won't tear.)

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity and imagination, motor skill development
Hot Bean Bag:
Materials: Bean Bag, music
Description: (This game works best with a small group) Use a bean bag to play hot potato with your child and several friends. Or your whole family could play together.

Skills Targeted: motor skill development, enhance listening skills, follow directions, work and play together

Counting Bean Bags:
Materials: 10 (or more) bean bags
Description: Bean bags are great for counting practice. You and your toddler can count all of their bean bags together. (if you do not have at least 10 bean bags at home, make your own sock bean bags...see above) You could even line up the beanbags and place the numbers 1-10 under the beanbags for number recognition practice.

Skills Targeted: counting, number recognition

Circle, Square, Triangle...:
Materials: side walk chalk, bean bag
Description: Draw a large circle, triangle and square on the sidewalk. Help your child to name the shapes that you drew. Give them a bean bag and ask them to toss the bean bag into the circle, then the triangle, then the square. Keep mixing it up! (you could also draw other shapes such as rectangle, heart, diamond, etc.)

Skills Targeted: shape recogniton, enhance listening skills, follow directions, motor skill development

Paint Bean Bags:
Materials: fabric paint, paint brushes, bean bags
Description: Let your child be creative and paint a bean bag or two. Gather fabric paint (your could also use puffy paints etc.) and paint brushes and let your child have fun. You could use these orginal bean bags for the other activities that you do throughout the week!

Skills Targeted: enhance creativity, motor skill development

Make Your Own Beanbags:
Materials: felt, fabric glue, scissors, dried beans or rice
Description: Cut two pieces of fabric into the shape that you want your beanbag to be (be sure that the two pieces are cut into the same exact shape and size). You could do circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, heart etc. Put a decent amount of fabric glue around the sides of the felt, leaving a space open to put in the beans. Press the
other piece of fabric on top of the glue. Let this dry about 15 minutes. Have your toddler help you put dried beans or rice into the beanbag, where you did not put glue. Now glue the hole closed and let it dry again. You could use these beanbags to learn shapes, colors, or play games.
Skills Targeted: enhance creativity, motor skill development, follow directions, enhance listening skills

Beanbag Alphabet Game:
Materials: construction paper, markers, beanbags
Description: Write the letters A-Z on construction paper (one letter on each piece of construction paper). Spread the papers out across a room in your house. Have your toddler toss a beanbag at the letters. Have your toddler pick up the letter and tell you the name and sound that it makes. Continue this activity until all the letters are picked up. If your toddler is not ready to name letters, have them pick it up and bring it you and you tell them what letter it is and the sound that it makes. You could also only use a few letters, such as only the letters in your toddler’s name.

Skills Targeted: motor skill development, letter recognition, letter sound recognition, following directions Songs and Fingerplays:

10 Little Bean Bags:

1 little 2 little 3 little bean bags
4 little 5 little 6 little bean bags
7 little 8 little 9 little bean bags
10 little beans to play with.

(count real bean bags as you sing this song)

Shake Shake Shake:
(sung to the tune of Jingle Bells)

Shake shake shake,
Shake shake shake,
Shake the bean bag.
With my bean bag,
I can do
Lots of fun things too.

Throw throw throw
Throw throw throw
Throw the bean bag,
With my bean bag,
I can do
Lots of fun things too.

Hug hug hug
Hug hug hug
Hug the bean bag
With my bean bag, I can do
Lots of fun things too.

Color Bean Bags:
(sung to the tune of head, shoulders, knees, and toes)

Red, yellow, blue and green
bean bags
Red, yellow, blue and green,
bean bags
orange, and purple, black and brown
Red, yellow, blue and green
bean bags

(sing this song and hold up each different color bean bag as you sing. You could also make felt bean bag shapes and use your homemade felt board to sing along.)

Online Fun:

Homemade Bean Bags:
Adults, check out Familyeducation for directions on how to simply sew your own homemade bean bags.

1 comment:

Becky Andersen said...

Would love these bean bags! :)

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