I love open-ended toys because they encourage children to use their imaginations. A couple years ago I made a set of bean bags for my girls which they continue to play with almost daily, while the mass produced, battery operated, plastic toys collect dust on a shelf. I am constantly amazed and inspired by the countless games they have invented! My niece recently turned two, so today I made another set of bean bags out of corduroy for her birthday gift.
I'm including a small metal pail for toting around the bean bags and to use for toss games. A great open ended toy in itself, my girls find plenty of alternate uses for their bean bag pail.
I won't bore you with the details of how I made these basic bean bags. Instead I've put together a list of tutorials for some creative and clever renditions of this classic toy. Enjoy!
Ribbon Loop Bean Bag by Sew Like My Mom
Bean Bag Numbers by The Idea Room
Juggling Chooks (Chicken Bean Bags) by Red Ted Art's Blog
Reverse Applique Felt Bean Bags by Whimsy Love
Mini Bean Bags by Art Nest
Pyramidal Bean Bags by ikat bag
Strawberry Stenciled Burlap Bean Bags by One Charming Party
Freezer Paper Stenciled Bean Bags by Claas Creations
Japanese Otedama Bags by Tea Rose Home on Living With Punks
Counting Bean Bags by One Inch World
Spelling Bean Bags by Chez Beeper Bebe
Jeans Pocket Bean Bags by Chica and Jo
Sock Bean Bags by A Little Tipsy
Photo Bean Bags by Penny Carnival
Bean Bag with Ribbon Tail by Kirchenzeit