Do your kids seem to have more energy when it’s warm and sunny outside? Mine does.
As I was trying to think of things for our next theme learning day on space, I came up with a fun little toss game to help our daughter work off some of that extra energy.
While coming up with the game, I thought we could also use it for the patriotic holidays. I’m planning an Independence Day play date and thought this would make a great game for all of the little ones.
We’ve only had these for a week, and Elise has played with them at least three times a day! I’d say that this one is enough of a success that I thought I’d share it with you all.
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|Shooting Star Toss Game|
Elise, at 2.5 years old, is getting more energy by the day, it seems. We go on walks, play at the park, and run around the house and she still has a ton of energy at the end of the day, even when she doesn’t nap!
This toss game is great because she gets to work on hand-eye coordination, as well as run around a bit more while she retrieves the stars. I consider that a win-win type of activity, because it means that she is burning off some of that energy that will undoubtedly keep her up when she should be sleeping.
If you’d like to make this for your kiddo or your class, this was a very quick project, coming together much easier than I predicted. It only took me about an hour for all of the stars to be traced, cut and sewn. It took a few minutes to fill them and then about 4 minutes (for each star) to hand-sew the fill opening closed.
- I had a quarter of a yard of a shiny, silver, glittery satin fabric at JoAnn’s, purchased for less than $2. I have a lot of that quarter of a yard left, so keep that in mind. I only made 5 stars, but you can get quite a bit more from that amount of fabric.
- Ribbons – I used satin ribbon scraps and a shiny, silver one for about $2
- Stuffing material – I used rice because it could get into the points of the stars better than beans
- Star template (can use my free printable or another)
- Sewing machine and sewing supplies
|Just a few simple supplies to create a great toss game!|
I used my large star from the three star wand template, but you can use any shape of star. For reference, using this star (and adding the 1/4 inch seam allowance) yields a 4 inch bean bag.
First, I ironed the satin fabric and pinned it right-sides together so that I would only have to cut half as many times. No, you don’t have to iron but it always makes the finished product look better in my opinion.
I outlined the star template and then added another quarter of an inch (or so), to account for a seam allowance. This wasn’t exact, meaning: I didn’t measure it and just kind of eye-balled it while I was tracing the star.
I pinned inside the star to minimize any fabric movement and then started cutting.
|I used a lot of pins to make these star bean bags.|
After cutting, I added some ribbon scraps, pinning them carefully. I use a TON of pins because I hate re-cutting fabric. Maybe I can earn the title, “The Laziest Crafter” one day?
|Add ribbons to create a shooting star.|
You can choose to make all of the bean bags ‘shooting stars,’ but because I was using scraps, I ran out of the red and blue ribbons after two stars. I thought about using just the silver ribbon – or making a trip to the craft store – but I just wanted these done. Obviously, the stars come together faster when you don’t have to pin the ribbons.
I popped all of the my stars over to the sewing machine and stitched them up, taking care to reinforce the points and angles of the star. I left about an inch on one side to flip the fabric and fill it (my turn opening).
After sewing all but the turn opening, I cut the fabric on all points to help it lie correctly once turned.
|Don’t forget to snip the angles and points before you turn.|
Once turned, I ironed them because it seemed the satin wrinkled if I looked at it wrong. Pay careful attention to the settings on your iron if using satin. Now, I’m not saying I burned anything, but I’m not saying I didn’t.
Fill up the little buggers with rice, lentils, or any other small fill. I tried using beans but they wouldn’t get all the way into the points of the star, so that’s why I’d recommend something small as the filler.
Hand sew the opening closed using a ladder stitch and you’re ready to take them to the back yard for a fun game of toss. Elise and I have used all manner of receptacles: baskets, buckets, storage bins, and even each other’s hands.
NOTE: You can make these like I make my lavender sachets, top stitching around the outside and then top stitching to avoid having to hand sew the opening closed. I did both with this set, but preferred hand-sewing the gap closed instead of top-stitching because the star was so small. If you create a larger star, top-stitching the turned star is faster because the project then requires no hand stitching. Yay!
You’re done with this simple tutorial! Have a backyard get-together and let the kids (and the adults) have a bit of fun tossing these little cuties around!
|A simple star bean bag toss game is so much fun!|
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