I have to confess that I am positively in love with these counting bean bags I designed over the holidays (yes, yes, calling making bean bags designing is a bit of a stretch--I know)--I love the white muslin fronts with the bright applique numbers and the way they feel in your hand and their sweet simplicity. They just seem wholesome and good somehow. You get that, right?
Of course, they are bean bags, so they are pretty simple to make, just a few supplies needed--the applique numbers do add an extra bit, but I think they make these little bags what they are. And if you want to make your own set, well, I happen to have put together a little tutorial and pattern for you:
I know, they are just bean bags, nothing revolutionary about that--but bean bags are versatile and classic. Just a few ideas for how you can put these lovely little sacks of beans to use:
- Pleasantly tactile for babies
- Stacking for toddlers
- Well-sized for gnawing and teething
- Learning numbers and counting for the pre-school set
- Addition or subtraction drills for the elementary school set
- Toss the bean bag in the bowl types of games--you win the number of points appliqued on the bean bag for each you land in the bowl
- Perfectly sized for throwing across the room at people when they either say rude things or you need their attention--also, they won't leave marks on the face.See what I mean? The possibilities are endless. And if you really do not want to make your own but would like the convenience of a set of these arriving in a nice little package delivered direct to your doorstep--you are in luck because I will be putting a couple of sets up in my shop very soon.