Have fun with this super simple shapes activity using bean bags + tape from our Member of the Month, Pam. Maybe even join her making your jazzy own DIY bean bags!
Oh, the intimidation of doing activities! Our member of the month, Pam, could easily find 1,000,001 different things to do with her son…
But, where do you start?
“Okay, that looks like fun, but where do I start? What do I do? How do I do it? And then it would just be like, Oh, I’m not doing it. I’ll just play cars.” Pam explained.
Pam is a working mom that only has a limited amount of time in her day to play and get the housework done.
One of Pam’s biggest struggles is staying engaged. Being interested in playing with her four year old son. It seems all he wants to do is play cars.
When he gets a little sidetracked, Pam takes advantage of the free moment to get something done around the house. But her son is quickly ready to play with her again, but she’s trying to finish up what she started.
Whereas, when she has a planned activity to do with her child after work, or on her days off, she becomes much more focused in on playing together.
“We’re doing it together. So we do it, and I don’t interrupt. That’s un-interrupted time.”
Pam experienced The Activity Room® through one of the free challenges.
“I thought I’d give it a shot, see what it was about and try it out. So I tried the week.” Pam shared. “That just gave me motivation to do so many things in a period of time and try them out.”
The Activities are so simple!
The activities found inside The Activity Room membership are so simple, and using the things you have at home, that’s Pam’s favorite part! Learning how to modify them to work for you, is even better.
Don’t miss out on Pam’s super simple and fun shapes activity with bean bags at the bottom of this post!
“It’s opened my mind to a lot of different ideas that I could do. Modifying some of the activities if you don’t have this. Instead of using, like sticks, you could use toothpicks,” says Pam.
“Finding what you have at home, doing the activity with what you have. You can modify them and change them and do what you want with them. “
And then she found the supportive Member Community.
The member community support helps Pam with getting these great ideas to modify the activities. However, it starts to become second nature really fast for members.
“The other thing I’ve really liked about The Activity Room is the online support group. Seeing other people’s pictures seeing what they’ve done.
And the fact that I don’t feel pressured. I don’t feel like it’s a competition. I’ve never felt that kind of pressure. I’ve never felt guilty about not posting enough or not being on enough.”
Since joining The Activity Room, after a couple of months, Pam has curated a drawer of useful supplies. Supplies that she actually continually uses in the activities. Rather than going out and buying one-off supplies for an activity here and there.
(Make sure to see how she uses these supplies to trouble-shoot her bean bag shapes toss activity below. No need to buy anything new for this activity.)
“And the stuff isn’t expensive, a lot of the stuff I find at the dollar store. And I don’t find that I’m spending more money because I’m doing cheaper stuff. Whereas before, I’d be thinking of what I can do and a lot of the times that would be like okay, well let’s go walk around the shop.”
And then, my son would want to buy a new car, so then I buy him a new car. So I would be buying more expensive toys. Whereas, the stuff that is on The Activity Room, you can make at home as opposed to going out and buying a kit.”
Pam is now the creative, fun mom that she has wanted to be. Spending less money on toys and gadgets trying to entertain her son. Instead she is spending the time together, bonding.
You can too. Start by trying her bean bag shapes activity below.
Pam lets us know, “I’m grateful to be part of such a great group. I’ve enjoyed it since I started. I’m very grateful and happy that I joined.”
Let’s Meet Pam!
How many kids do you have and how old are they?
One four year old boy
Why do you love doing activities with your kids?
It helps me focus and stay engaged with my son instead of trying to get other things done while we play.
How long have you been in The Activity Room?
I think November 2019.
What is your favorite activity you’ve done in The Activity Room?
Honestly love all the ones we have done. I love that I can do them with him and he gets my undivided attention.
(Make sure to check out the shapes toss with bean bags activity she shares with us below!)
What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids when you get a few moments?
Play, snuggle and just enjoy the moment.
What’s your best tip for doing activities with your kids?
Do it with them, they thrive when you are completely focused and participating.
If you were to tell a friend about The Activity Room, what would you say to them?
The Activity Room has opened my eyes to all the fun easy things you can do with your kids. It has made me think outside of my box and allow him to explore and get messy.
Looking up crafts was always intimidating to me as I thought of the potential mess. But seeing how the group does it has allowed me to grow.
Before The Activity Room, we were limited to what we did and had never done crafts at home. Now we paint, create and play.
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Shapes Bean Bag Toss Activity:
A bean bag shapes activity that can easily be great indoors or outdoors.
Supplies needed for this shapes activity:
- Bean bags
We had to make our own bean bags, which was great for my son to help.
How do you make a kids bean bag?
First we got “bean bag” fabric and cut it into rectangles.
You can use any spare material you have around the house.
For example, some old jeans the kids grew out of, a thicker old pillowcase. Or even a variety of scraps to spice up this shapes activity!
Next we folded the rectangles on fabric in half and sewed 3 sides.
Then we turned them inside out and filled them with some beans.
Last we finished by sewing the remaining side shut.
Now that we had our bean bags we were ready to start the activity with the shapes!
We used tape to make shapes on the ground. Make as many as you want to. Stars, hearts, circles, diamonds etc.
Finally we tossed the bean bean bags into the shapes. So simple!
Try different ways to play this bean bag shape activity!
Call out a shape and then aim for it.
For older kids assign points to each shape and keep track. First one to 20 wins!
For younger kids call out the name of the shape after the bean bag lands.
Try our Move and Learn Shapes activity to extend play with your taped shapes.
No tape? Or your child doesn’t know their shapes yet?
Instead of shapes, you could also use a bucket. Try to get the beanbag into the bucket from different distances.
Or add a twist and put out different colored baskets or containers to replace the shapes.
This is a great multi level game. Have fun with it!