I have made some bean bags for parties and things before and they are SO EASY and fun to make!
They need full sets of the alphabet, numbers, colors, etc., so please spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested. Only full sets will be accepted. This would be a great group project, especially for young girls just learning to sew.
There are specific requirements for this project since it is an educational tool and traveling to West Africa. They are hoping to collect TWENTY SETS each of Alphabet bean bags, Shape bean bags, Color bean bags, and Number bean bags. (Photo examples are below or you can click on the links in the previous sentence.)
Also, because of shipping and customs issues they cannot accept bags filled with rice, beans, popcorn, or other food products. Plastic pellets, aquarium gravel, or other non-food stuffing is necessary.
Other Considerations ::
Number Bean Bag Sets: All bags need to be the same color so children learn the numbers printed on the bag and not begin to identify the bag color instead of the number (ex. child ”reads” the red bean bag as “3″ only because it is red and not because of the “3″ printed on it). If all number bags are the same the child will see the difference in the numbers and not the difference in the colors.
Alphabet Bean Bag Sets: Any colors are great. Letters can be either upper or lower case or both but might be best if a standard font or style is used so that the letters are easily identified by little ones.
Of course, any other creative ways you can come up with to teach letters, shapes, numbers, and colors with bean bags will be gratefully received.here). Or, if you live in the central Arkansas area, I will be happy to combine your set(s) with mine when I mail them to save on the cost of shipping. I plan on sending mine on May 10th.