We made this big apple bean bag for our little neighbour, based on some pumpkin bean bags that we made a few years ago. Whether it be transferring your bean bag from hand to hand, tossing it into a basket, throwing it at a target (one on the floor or one on the wall) or throwing and catching between friends, there are so many developmental skills at work! Materials Felt Sewing materials (you can sew these by hand or by machine) Fabric scissors Plastic pebbles (Polyfil type material. You can by these at craft and dollar stores.) Funnel Plastic zip bag Directions Cut out two copies of each of your apple or pumpkin shapes. (Depending on your child’s age and abilities you may need to use a fabric or sewing marker to draw this out beforehand or have them draw a template out on paper, cut it out and tape (with a donut, sticky sides out) it to the felt or cut the felt shapes for them. He or she may need to cut out the fabric pieces one at a time as well, rather than layering them as we have done.) For the apple bean bag, we traced around a large lid twice. Sew around the edges, leaving a gap that would be big enough to fit your funnel. We suggest a thicker stitch to withstand all the tossing! For the apple we inserted the stem and leaf in between the two layers, sewing them in place. Slip your funnel into the gap in the bean bag sewing and fill your bean bags with plastic pebbles inside a clear plastic bag so you can see what you are doing and so that the pebbles stay contained. You may want to use a scoop or spoon or some children will enjoy the sensory experience of using their hands to fill the funnel. (You may also want to have a vacuum on hand!) Carefully sew up the gap. (Move the beads to the other side of the bean bag to avoid breaking your sewing machine needle.) Cut out a stem and leaf for each of your pumpkins. Sew or glue them on the top of your pumpkin. Have fun tossing your beanbags to each other or to a target. Purpose Make props to promote activity, improving one’s fine motor skills and cooperation between pairs. There are a multitude of bean bag activites and games on the internet to check out! Safety Notes Be sure to keep plastic pellets away from small children (0-3 years) to prevent consumption. Exercise care and direct, adult supervision when using fabric scissors as they can be quite sharp. A sewing machine is recommended for adult use or based on your child’s age and abilities, with direct supervision. Please like & share: 3 Responses Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.