Rock in the Weekend Project- Ice Packs and Bean Bags

Friday’s tend to be a project day in our house because we like to end our week and usher in our weekend with a little flair. Since we are preparing for a snowstorm this weekend, I thought it would fun to make some rice filled ice packs for the kids (which they have been asking me to make for months). They can also double as bean bags for some tossing games we can play indoors. This is a really simple and inexpensive sewing project as it only uses some scrap fabric and a bag of rice. I used some long grain white rice that we’ve had since before we switched over to eating only whole grains and some flannel fabric squares from my scrap collection. I got the kids involved by letting them pick the fabric and spoon rice into each of their bags. It was certainly a little messy but we had fun.

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Here’s how we did it:

Materials:
- scrap fabric (2 pieces per bag), cut into squares or rectangles, or get creative and cut them into something more interesting, like owlets.
-sewing machine, and minimal sewing skills
- a bag of rice, I suggest long grain white rice because it is inexpensive

Directions:

1. Lay the two halves of your bag on top of one another with the right sides facing each other like this:

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2. Sew all the way around leaving a gap of about 2″ in one section to pour rice into.

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3. Turn right side out and fill 1/2 to 3/4 full of rice, depending on desired weight.

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4. Close the opening by pinning it together and sewing it closed. This is difficult to do if your bag is too full so be mindful of that during step 3.

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Since I had a huge bag of rice and plenty left over, I thought the kids would enjoy playing with it which created a great opportunity talk about measurements with them. I dug out a bunch of measuring cups, measuring spoons, and some containers for them to fill up with rice and let them play while we talked about simple measurements and fractions. It was a lot of fun and we only ended up getting about 1/2 cup of rice on the floor, so not much of a loss there. It was well worth the 45 minutes of sensory play!

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I hope all of you have a great weekend!!

-Erica

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