Recently my son received these gorgeous home made beanie bags as a gift from a friend. It was such a delightful present that I just had to share. We have had so much fun with these together. Here are ten of our favourite games to play with beanie bags:
- In and Out – very young ones enjoy the simple pleasure of putting things in and out of boxes and containers. My 13mth old put the beanie bags in and out of a large plastic bowl, over and over again.
- Beanie Toss – to step this up for toddlers, try throwing the beanie bags into the bowl. Start by standing close, then step away as you achieve success!
- Heads Up – little ones are entertained simply by watching you put a beanie bag on your head, or you placing one on theirs. Toddlers can see how far they can walk with one on their own head – no helping hands! (Or just pile ‘em up on Mum…)
- Body Balance – where else can you balance a beanie bag? On your foot? Shoulder? Elbow? Knee?
- Counting games – my three year old played lots of counting games with our numbered beanie bags. Counting up to five, back from five, taking away one number and guessing which was missing…
- Rainbows – our beanie bags are beautifully coloured so we were able to talk about colours and order our beanies according to the rainbow. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue at least)
- Hide the Beanies – we had heaps of fun playing this game. You can do it with any toys really, but the beanie bags were perfect. One person counts while the other hides the beanie bags. At first we just hid one, but after a while my daughter wanted to hide all of them! Older kids still enjoy this too if you set a timer and they race to beat the clock.
- Catching – catching an item in midair that is coming right for you is a BIG deal for a toddler. It’s a skill that takes a while to develop. Beanie bags are one of the easiest items to use for early catching and throwing practice. We talked about keeping our eyes on the beanie and our hands ready. Don’t be surprised if your child doesn’t get it straight away!
- Shape and Colour – cut out some simple shapes from paper and put them on the floor. See if your child can follow instructions to put a green beanie on the triangle. A yellow beanie on the circle. You can make it a challenge for older ones with instructions like: can you put a beanie that is NOT yellow on the shape with no straight sides…? Oohh tricky.
- Whack the Stack – stack five cups upside down. Three on the bottom, then two on top. Stand a few steps away and throw the beanies at the stack to knock them down. Older toddlers will enjoy rebalancing the stack too.
Thank you again to the lovely friend who made us these little bags of fun and contributed some of these great game ideas too!