How about a diy bean bag toss! See how to make these felt fish for a bean bag toss game. They are easy and quick to make - take a look!
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Diy Bean Bag Toss
What happens if you've got a bag of expired popcorn kernels, a few pieces of felt and a lively toddler that loves to throw things around? Fish!
I made these felt fish really fast and our kid and his friends have had a blast playing a fun throwing game with them! Let me show you how to make them.
Please note that any shapes will work for a diy bean bag toss game. I have tons of free templates on this blog you can use and fill with rice, beans, or corn. Like:
- free diy boats template
- simple rectangular pockets
- free diy stars template in 3 sizes
- if you want more variety and have some fabric scraps, you can even use my free tutorial for four-patch-block pyramides. Your choice!
How To Make Felt Fish - For A Bean Bag Toss Game
1) Draw a simple fish on a piece of cardboard. No easier way than that 🙂 I drew a 6-inch (15 cm) long fish since it is easier to sew when it's not too small.
2) Then use some 1.5mm thick felt - best if it has been stiffened - I suggest against using the very soft and thin felt as it may tear too easily. For more tips on how to select the best felt for these fish, see my post on felt buying tips (it applies to felt letters and these fish alike).
3) Using the cardboard template, cut two pieces of felt for each fish.
4) Sew around the two pieces but leave an opening (1-2 inches) to insert stuffing.
5) Stuff the fish using corn, beans, pebbles, or anything else with a similar structure that you have at hand.
I filled them with corn because I discovered a package in my kitchen pantry with a really old expiration date. However, you may choose any other filling that will give some weight to the felt (whatever bean-like materials you may have at home).
6) Of course you can add details to your fish - for example, I chose to add small round pieces of felt - so our fish have 'eyes'. And if you place these eyes carefully to both sides, you can even attach them using a single (short) stitch.
KIDS, LET'S PLAY!
I made them during winter, and it is meant as an indoor activity to release some of the excess energy children have when confined indoors during bad weather. Put a large shallow box (= a fish pond) on the floor, several meters away from the child (bearing in mind the child's age and throwing capabilities).
When you run out of fish, just collect them and start your bean bag toss game again. And again. You may expect a lot of jumping and cheering if a whole group is playing. Join the kids, it will be fun!
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