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I bought a set of bean bags for my granchildren to throw around the house and garden, as they are softer than a ball and less likely to damage things if they hit them. They cost me £3.85 for a set of six from an online site called playm8, they arrived after five days of ordering and they are all different colours.
The bean bags are 6" x 4". which is a good size for a child to get hold of and throw around and the colours they come in are red, yellow, blue, orange, purple and green. I liked the idea of them coming in a pack of six as I have two grandchildren and they chose three colours each to play with in the garden.
The bean bags are made of soft canvas and are well stitched together so that they take the knocks and swings and throws that they get.
They are filled with plastic pellets which can be felt through the material if you squeeze the bags gently.
They are for three years and older as if they get chewed or ripped a smaller child might choke on the small pellets. these are not suitable for pets to play with either.
There are so many games that you can play with a bean bag and the most obvious is tig, where you throw the bean bag at a person whilst the other people are running around, until the bean bag hits someone then its their turn to throw the bean bags.
Another game my grandchildren love it trying to juggle with them they have three each and laugh hysterically at each other trying to juggle them, my son can juggle and takes great pleasure in showing off to the kids with these.
We also play at trying to throw them through the baseball hoop thats attached to my house wall and try to throw them into a bucket from a distance.
The best game is to try and knock down bottles of water a just like when bowling.
The bean bags bring lots of fun over the summer months and they come in zip up bags so that you can put the bags in the washer when they get a little dirty, I hang the bags of pellets up on the washing line just to air them over night before putting the covers back on.
I think these are a great toy for kids to play with as they learn eye and hand co-ordination. Adults can also join in the games with them and its fun for all the family.
Bean bags are a toy that can be played with for one child to entertain themselves or for two or more children, they are colourful and fun and better than tennis balls which seem to always bounce over into next doors garden and get lost, these just stay where they land and don't roll away.
If your looking for a fun outdoor toy or a safe to play with indoor toy then bean bags are a good option to think about.
10 out of 10 for entertainment from me.
My sister is 2 and her fave play things at the minute are a set of 6 bean bags that she got for Xmas. They are small beans bags so ideal for throwing and running round with, I sometimes use bowls and let her throw the bean bags into them to improve her aim and coordination.
The ones my sister has got are primary colours but each one has got an animal printed on the front and the letter that the name of the animal starts with on the back. They are nice and bright and are stitched up on the inside with a zip along the bottom so that you can take the cover off if they get dirty, the plastic beans are in a net bag inside so we don't have to stress about my sister unzipping it and the beans going everywhere!
You can get all sorts of bean bags from different places or they're mega easy to make yourself. ELC sell them and Woolworths used to go a good set of 4 that were majorly cheap, so it will be these sorts of places you need to go to if you want to buy them instead of making them yourself.
To make your own bean bags you need a piece of material, fold it in half and sew the 3 edges together leaving a gap to put the beans in. You can use beans or beans but make sure your sewing is strong if you're making them for little kids because they could choke on the small contents. If I was going to make some for my sister I'd put them in a net bag before sewing them into the cover because that will cut the risk.
There's loads of games you can play with bean bags, my sisters fave is using them instead of a ball and just chucking them about but like I said you can also set challenges like throwing all the bean bags into a bowl or across a line you've set out in the garden. We also play hide and seek with them but my sister isn't much good at looking for things so I always have to make sure the corner or the edge is poking out so she can see it when she bothers looking properly.
I recommend you get your kids some bean bags because they are one of not many things in my sisters toy box that doesn't take a load of batteries but she still has big time fun with them. She even uses them as pillows for her little teddies and for something that looks so boring she gets loads of use out of them.
Bean bags are great fun and such a simple thing.
Bean bags are sealed material bags that are mainly aprox 15cm by 10cm and filled with dried beans, PVC or expanded polystyrene. As they contain very small parts they are only suitable for children under three if they have adult supervision.
Bean bags are great for kids as they are easy to catch and throw as they do not roll away so no running and chasing the ball when the little ones does quite catch the ball.
My little girls love to walk around balancing bean bags on their heads which I remember doing as a kid on sports day, guess they will be well practiced by the time they start school.
There are so many different games you can play with bean bags lots of games that you can do with ball and also they good for markers when playing games, my little girls use them as little beds and pillows for their dolls and dolls house, so I suppose with bean bags you imagination is your only limit.
Bean bags can be brought for most toy shops and retail at a couple of pound but I have made own for my children using odds of material I have or a few scraps I have brought cheap that have their favourite design on and then I fill them with rice and this also mean I know that if the bean bags do open up then my little ones wont choke on the filling.
Bean Bags are an ideal thing to have a couple scattered in the lounge, great for extra seats for when people come and visit. They are also great for kiddies rooms for them to be used to chill out on whilst reading a book or magazine or playing on a computer game, or as a seat to watch a bit of television.
Wow I love bean bags!!
Don't they just take you back to being a child at primary school?
I have played many games with these things in my life. They tend to come in lots of different shapes and colours and are easy to catch and throw. Bean bags are not exactly heavy but I suppose they could hurt you if someone threw them hard enough.
Bean bags are cotton like material with bean like things inside. I don't suppose that it would be hard to get inside these are therefore would probably be safe for children but I personally would not give these to a child unless they were above 3 years old unless they were supervised
Bean Bags are not something you come accross in shops every day, You tend to find these in shops i.e. Toys R Us or Early Learning Centre however you may find some on the internet or Ebay if you look closer.
Bean Bags can also make good markers for when you are playing team games i.e. rounders or throwing games.
You can also now buy large bean bags which you can sit on, really nice to sit on and great to relax in!!
Nylon covered bean bags.