Teaching and creating with Fiskars: DIY Bean Bag Toss #Fiskars4Kids #cfk #Cbias

September 14, 2013

CB-sponsored-post-green-400This year our boys are both preschool aged. But because sending two kids to preschool isn’t exactly in our budget, I’ve decided to take on the challenge of homeschool preschool two days a week.  I’ve been preparing for this all summer, and we’ve finally started the learning this week.  It takes a lot of crafting supplies in order to have your own school at home: many of which I am collecting from friends and family members, and many that I am purchasing on my own.  I have a new appreciation for teachers and all of the supplies that they have to supply their classrooms of more than two children – on their own budget.

Preschool Letter A Paint with ApplesWe’ve done a lot of fun projects already: like painting the letter “A” with apples, after sampling all of the apples that we bought from the grocery store and finding our favorites, cutting out construction paper squares, and trying our motor skills on our bean bag toss, learning colors and shapes at the same time! Crafting is a huge part of learning, and it’s so important for little ones to try out their motor skills with crafting tools like scissors, markers, and glue sticks!

Preschool cutting squaresWhen I went to Walmart last week to buy some school supplies for us at home – I also purchased a bunch of crafting supplies for a local school in the area – I called first to see what it was that they needed most, and they said they needed dry erase markers, preschool scissors, and glue sticks – as these are usually the things that end up ‘running away’ during the year. So I focused on those items.  During the checkout – the lady behind me asked if I was an art teacher.  I explained that I was donating those products to a local school. She thought it was fantastic and chipped in $10 towards some more supplies – so I went back and bought another box of dry erase markers. So sweet of her to contribute!Fiskars Donation Champion for KidsI also had a project in mind as I was shopping: I checked out the Fiskars website at their crafting ideas, and saw this fantastically decorated bean bag toss set.  I had always wanted one, but they’re so expensive to buy! Outdoor-Beanbag-TossI also had already purchased the supplies a few days before hand to make some bean bags for the kids to play with as part of our lesson plan, so it was a great addition to the beanbag project!

DSC04438Fiskars has some wonderful shape templates – which are perfect for tracing shapes onto the board to make it look perfectly polished and clean.  Decorating a Bean Bag Toss CornholeI was really hoping that they would have a hexagon and a Triangle shape, because I wanted to make the board a traffic board, with stop signs (hexagons), traffic cones (triangles), stop lights (rectangle/circles) and then having the checkered flag in between them all!  Wouldn’t that be cute?  Either way, I decided to go with the easier task of tracing shapes that were already perfectly made!

DIY CornholeIf you followed along with me on Instagram, you probably saw the project from shopping stages through final creation – but here is our end product. The kids are ecstatic that they have a specific goal to throw their bean bags into – and although they stand awfully close to the board, it still challenges them enough.

DIY Cornhole with Fiskars DecoratingFiskars products are so important to children’s development: so Fiskars is participating with Champions For Kids – moving to motivate family and friends in your community to donate time, money, and supplies to help children. They are asking that everyone get involved, and then share what they did at championsforkids.org/share.


I’m thinking that we will have some friends over to play with our new CornHole set, and ask them to bring school donations to play, and we’ll supply the food!

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Have you done any major crafting projects lately?

What’s one way you can give back to your community through the Champions for Kids?

Comments

  1. What a great project. I love taking supplies like these and allowing kids to be creative and to use their imaginations. Great job.

  2. I want to be creative like this! I never would have gotten it done if I had started. That’s great that lady donated some money to the school supplies and that was awesome of you doing it in the first place. We need more people like you.

  3. What a great job. I love the pics of your kids playing with it! Looks like they are having a great time!

  4. Great projects and craft time with the kids. We used to love doing this like this. My kids are all grown now.

  5. What a fun DIY project for kids!

  6. Very cool and creative!

  7. What an awesome way for kids to get creative!

  8. Grandma Bonnie says:

    I love the Corn hole DIY. I should make this for my grandchildren. I bet it would keep them busy for hours. I think your are awesome for donating supplies to your local school. I think it would be nice if everyone tried to donate a little something.

  9. Very cute project! And it is wonderful that you are helping schools. I know how much teachers appreciate those supplies.

  10. What a fun and easy idea. I love how it involved getting the kids outside in the fresh air to play with their result! 🙂

  11. Noor Unnahar says:

    Such a great idea . I love all the activities you’ve been doing , go on 🙂

  12. Wow what a great thing for the kids to do! This is fantastic great idea and it looks so fun

  13. I love the corn hold boards! So colorful! Looks like they had a great time! 🙂

  14. Kristen @ kristenione says:

    What a great initiative! And I absolutely love the corn hole boards! We love that game and my son just played a mini version for the first time. Yours are so pretty!

  15. Such a fun project! That was so nice of that lady in line at the store to donate money so you could buy more supplies too!

  16. They look great Amy! I can’t wait to come over and take you on!!!

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