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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 54793 times)
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« Reply #60 on: September 16, 2008 03:21:59 AM »

This is awesome! my son is a lil young for it yet, but I am storing this in my memory for when he is older!
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« Reply #61 on: September 16, 2008 06:58:28 AM »

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.

Thanks!  I decided to go ahead and I did as you explained.  There are fewer things in there, because at least half are pretty big things, but there are a variety of sizes so it can grow with her as her attention span and dexterity increases.  I think that it might make a difference that she has a sister that's 1.5 years older that she likes to imitate.
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« Reply #62 on: September 16, 2008 11:08:06 PM »

Thanks so much! Here is an I Spy bag I made for CrossStitchinMomma's little boy in Ongoing Wish Swap 38. I really thought it would be hard to find enough items, but after going through my collections of buttons, beads, randomness, and soap making stuff I easily pulled together 50 (exactly 50, and I wasn't counting!)






Here are the 4 cards I made with the pictures of what is in there...on the back of each card it is the typed words of the items. I just "laminated" the cards with packing tape since I didn't have any contact paper or anything



And I made a pocket with velcro on the back to keep the cards in.



I am going to make these for my nephews too, I think they would be great for road trips with the boys!
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« Reply #63 on: September 17, 2008 02:28:29 PM »

that is so cool!  I should tell mom so she can make them for her grandsons for christmas! so cool!
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« Reply #64 on: September 17, 2008 06:18:48 PM »

How did I miss this post?!?  I am so in love with this idea!  I have a 3 yr old daughter who would get a kick out of one of these... and of course I would need to make one for my 8 yr old son or he would feel left out.  I'll just have to find more challenging items for his.  I think these would be fabulous for long car rides... or maybe when I just need some quiet(er) time Grin
Bookmarked and on a hunt for items.  Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!
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« Reply #65 on: September 21, 2008 09:10:10 PM »

omg my son needs one of those really badly
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« Reply #66 on: September 23, 2008 05:02:35 PM »

wow that is an incredible project! im sure the child will love it! its so creative!
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« Reply #67 on: September 23, 2008 05:50:25 PM »

Look what I found when I was paging through a catalog at work today:

http://www.beyondplay.com/ITEMS/G345.HTM
And only $14.95. 

I would like to know what objects they put inside, just for idea's sake.  I don't really care for the diagonal window; it makes it look flimsy or cheap or something.  What do you guys think?  Log-cabin inset (like I did) or diagonal inset?
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« Reply #68 on: September 23, 2008 05:54:09 PM »

Your log cabin is definitely a higher-quality feature!  I did a similar process for the window, only not on the diagonal for mine as I've never done piecework and it intimidates me.  I've 2 completed, minus printing and laminating and 3 in-progress.

One thing I had to do that I don't recall being mentioned here was wash my rice.  It made my items all dusty with whatever it is on the rice.  Luckily I noticed on a nice, sunny day and could lay out towels on which to dry all that rice!  Shocked
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« Reply #69 on: September 23, 2008 07:04:45 PM »

Ooooh, wash the rice.  Now why didn't I think of that?

Good idea!!
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