I have been wanting to make some fabric bean bags for the girls but my sewing machine is currently under a pile that will hopefully become an organized studio space soon. So in the meantime I saw these awesome balloon bean bags on Pinterest (of course) from a great blog called Flipflops and Applesauce. We had all the materials already at home and they took no time at all to make!
To make the bean bags you want to begin with regular balloons, we happened to have these dotted ones left over from a birthday party. Then using a funnel fill the balloon with any type of small dried beans that you have. We filled some of ours with pinto beans and some with lentils. The Bee helped me scoop the beans into the funnel and thought that was very cool. After the balloon is filled tie off the end. Then take another balloon and use a pair of scissors to cut of the end that you blow into. Next take the cut balloon and wrap it around the tied end of the balloon filled with beans. This gives the bean bags a double layer which makes them stronger and prevents curious little ones from trying to untie the balloons. The bean bags also make fun stress balls and the girls have taken to carrying them all around the house. I love how colorful they are and the girls had a great time playing with them. Stay tuned for a post about some of our bean bag games coming soon.
Here is a list of some of the fun games we came up with for our new bean bags: http://childhoodlist.blogspot.com/2011/10/15-6-bean-bag-games.html