Bean bags are a toy I have had in every classroom I have ever worked in but often do not see when I head over to friend's houses for play dates with my 3 year old son.
I think bean bags are a must for all houses with young kids and have compiled 4 easy and educational ways to use them !
My favorite bean bags are ones that are multi colored ( at least 2 bags in each color)and in different shapes. Some come with numbers or letters too.
Young kids naturally sort, line objects up and make distinctions between colors shapes and sizes. Encourage that by providing some structure. Grab some colored paper that corresponds to the color bean bags you have and watch as your child sorts them. My son loves to pretend to be working at a recycling center as sorts the colors.
2.Near and Far Toss
When you hear "Near and Far" do you immediately think of Super Grover? I do ! This game takes that same basic lesson and gets your kids moving.
Set 2 start lines with painters tape on the floor and a laundry basket as the goal. See if your little one can toss the bean bags from the near line, what about the far line? If they can move it even further back. They will be working on not just that concept but gross motor skills and hand eye coordination too!
3. Color/Letter/Shape Toss.
This mixes the first two activities together. Even if you can't find bean bags with letters on them you can add letters- even just the letters you are presently working on with your child. Tape them on then tape a letter on the laundry basket and challenge your child to find and toss the letter into the basket. Use the same idea for colors, shapes or numbers too. Simple. Fun.
4. Hide and Seek This is by far my son's favorite game with bean bags. I hide them, he finds them. When he brings them to me I ask him about what color and shape they are. If you want to add letters or numbers you can do that too thus extending the learning. Trust me this one is a huge hit- especially around Easter when hunting for things is all the rage!
So get some bean bags have fun!