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Topic: I Spy Bag: made for a 4-year-old, but I wanna keep it! NOW with TUTE on page 4  (Read 54661 times)
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« Reply #50 on: September 04, 2008 05:43:43 PM »

It really depends on the age of the kiddo.  The name circles I made out of Shrinky Dinks were quite small, and I think a younger child might have been discouraged.  If you put in ninjas or GI Joes, they will surface fairly frequently.  I really don't think it would be a huge problem, as there are plenty of other goodies to find.  Especially as concerns the younger or easily-frustrated child, they'll be thrilled to find something easily. 
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« Reply #51 on: September 04, 2008 07:40:00 PM »

i love this! i worked at a daycare and we had some of these - the kids loved them :]
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« Reply #52 on: September 04, 2008 08:04:47 PM »

oh wow FANTASTIC!!! I had seen this for sale somewhere before but it is a great idea!! Where did you find all of the items to put in the bag?
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« Reply #53 on: September 05, 2008 08:03:42 AM »

It really depends on the age of the kiddo.  The name circles I made out of Shrinky Dinks were quite small, and I think a younger child might have been discouraged.  If you put in ninjas or GI Joes, they will surface fairly frequently.  I really don't think it would be a huge problem, as there are plenty of other goodies to find.  Especially as concerns the younger or easily-frustrated child, they'll be thrilled to find something easily. 

That makes sense!  Maybe I'll do a variety to extend the life of it.  I just am trying to imagine how you got all those things in an 8 x 8 thing with the rice AND room to shift it all around!  I bought a 10 pound bag of rice yesterday thinking it looked like enough for 4-5 bags, but then I thought, "how's little Roxy/Megan/Syndney/Ashton going to lug around 2 pounds of rice, T?"  I think I'll have PLENTY of rice.   Wink
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« Reply #54 on: September 05, 2008 01:29:53 PM »

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Where did you find all of the items to put in the bag?

I think I mentioned my treasure troves in an earlier post, but here are some of my ideas:

dollar stores
craft/fabric store: look in bead/button aisles
junk drawers in the kitchen (You could put in a pen cap, a paper clip, a bread tag, a binder clip)
coins (foreign or domestic)
Shrinky Dinks
Board game pieces/puzzle pieces (hey; they're incomplete anyway, right?  Just toss Scrabble tiles with the kid's name, and a few Monopoly pawns in)
Look in toy stores in the impulse items by the cash register for 10 cent stuff like plastic animals, dice with 12 sides, and bouncy balls)

And it's great to find a way to throw in the kid's name.  It personalizes it, helps with early literacy skills, and cuts down on the number of other items you need!  Try finding alphabet beads, Scrabble tiles, buttons, or Shrinky Dinks.

TheMistressT, I agree.  2lbs would be too heavy.  You want to fill the bag, but loosely.  If there's too much rice, the kid won't be able to manipulate it to find the items. 
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« Reply #55 on: September 05, 2008 02:43:14 PM »

I'm sorry to badger you with questions, but I couldn't help buy get a few little things in the Goodwill bins yesterday that the ManFlesh's nieces would like (or he would want them to like, like ninjas) so now I"m going to make a few more - is 2 too young for one with bigger things?  I don't really know these developmental things about the wee humanoids.  I also don't cook, so I'm just going to have to make 10 pounds worth of these things to use up that rice!  Cheesy
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« Reply #56 on: September 05, 2008 07:11:28 PM »

I like questions, don't sweat it!

I think 2 would be too young for sustained solo attention on a bag.  Play at 2 is usually not sustained on one thing for more than a few minutes (unless it's Teletubbies).  2 might be okay if an adult engaged her actively.  "Find the horsie!"  She might not get it, as many 2's are still playing peek-a-boo! 

What do those of you with 2-year-olds think? 
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« Reply #57 on: September 08, 2008 06:20:37 AM »

I made these a couple of years ago for my son and neice and they adored them.  I used rice in mine, and it proved to be very heavy, so I bought some pellets to make some this year for christmas presents. 

I really like the tag you did, I may copy that idea, if you don't mind.  when I did mine, I made a pouch of the same fabric with another vinyl window, and just sewed into it a list on cardstock.  the pictures in groups is a great idea, makes it a little more like the gameboy i-spy game.
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« Reply #58 on: September 08, 2008 02:24:33 PM »

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gameboy i-spy game
Huh

How long have I been out of the videogame loop?

What is it?
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« Reply #59 on: September 15, 2008 09:39:15 PM »

I have a two year old who would love a toy like this.. Larger items might work better, but it's a toy that they can continue to play with for years if you do it well. I don't see them playing with them for too long in one sitting, but I know that my two year old loves to sit and look at the simple board books with pictures of animals and objects and just name them and their sounds if its an animal, so if you put a lot of easy to name objects in with a few harder ones for when they're older, I'd say you're good.. At least that's what I'm planning on doing for the ones I am making for my two year old and a few other 2-3 year olds I know for christmas.
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