Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Balloon Bean Bags

My sweet mom bought us a daily craft calendar by Peggy Brown. And that's where we found this idea.

Making these balloon bean bags is easy, inexpensive, and tons of fun - everything a craft should be.

Materials:

  • round balloons - three balloons per bean bag
  • rice or beans for filling - We used barley because it was 83 cents a bag.
  • scissors
  • funnel - We made ours with cardboard and staples.
Directions:
  1. Blow up one balloon to stretch it. Deflate.
  2. Using the funnel, pour barley into this balloon.
  3. Cut off the lip of this balloon, and fold the neck over.
  4. With the second balloon, cut off the neck and stretch over the first balloon.
  5. Repeat step four with the third balloon to give the bean bag extra strength.
Make a couple more balloon bean bags and you're ready to juggle, play catch, hopscotch, or whatever!

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22 comments:

Amanda @ Mommy's Idea Book said...

What a cool idea! My son loves balloons and bean bags. He would go nuts over this project since it uses two of his favorite things. Thanks for sharing this craft.

Katy said...

This is fun. I should be writing this down for the days of summer where we stare at one another wondering what to do next.

Very cute!

~Kate

melanie said...

sweet!

gopg8r said...

Oh my gosh! HOW PERFECT!! We are trying to teach my autistic son his colors and apparently they are throwing him different colored balls at school - and then he has to jump to the circle on the floor that is that color - so this will be perfect to replicate that exercise at home!!!!! Seriously, thanks for the idea!!! And it will be fun to make them!!

CC said...

I've made this with kids with sensory needs. They are great!!!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

A daily craft calendar?!?! That sounds so cool! I'll be linking to this.

Preschool Playbook said...

I can't wait to try this.

truly blessed said...

This looks so FUN! Thanks for the great ideas.

Lisa Leonard said...

that is really cool--and they are so cute!!

Pixeltrash said...

Those are awesome! I wonder if my son's Kindergarten teacher could use these for something. I could make them for the class. Maybe if I paint numbers on each of them along with some math symbols. Hmmmm....

"Dove" said...

I needed a fun and thrifty idea for cub scouts to do on a camp out. This is so perfect!!! The little boys will totally get this!

Your blog is a treasure for ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Lacie E. said...

I can't wait to do this with my four year old!!He will love it!

Kristin said...

Hi, I did this project with my 5 year olds and I linked to you today. Thank you so much for sharing.
http://whatarewedoingtodaymom.blogspot.com/

rockanddrool said...

my kids have been dying to learn how to make these, ever since my daughter brought one home from school! thanks!!

Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

How cool! I'll be linking from dollar store crafts.com tomorrow!

Heather

Kendall said...

ow. this has really brought back memories.
my brother and sister and i used to ALWAYS make these when we were younger.
its a good idea to stretch the balloon first!
we'd always fumble over trying to cram the rice into the balloons, and usually it would come spitting out and go everywhere!

kendall :)
www.kendallhubbard.blogspot.com

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What a great idea! Can't wait to try it out. It would be a great activity for a kid's birthday party too.

Marie {Make and Takes} said...

These are fantastic! We're soooo making these! Great tutorial!

Chandra said...

Thank you so much for a wonderful craft. My boys were so excited and they love their new toys.

Rachael said...

I love this. I love this. Thank you - I have been getting desperate coming up with a craft idea for my son's birthday. Thank you!

Lisa said...

I did this project with my speech and language students ages 6 through high school. They all loved it! We learned how to "table juggle", practice spelling words with the balls, practice multiplication facts playing a game called "Buzz", practiced chants while passing the balls around in a circle, and used them as stress relievers/fidgets!

yuvaraj varma said...

I like it, beanbags are best choice of seating arrangement for both kids and adults.