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Topic: A child-sized pool filled with beans - what to do with the beans?  (Read 1234 times)
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« on: April 04, 2010 01:12:51 PM »

My volunteer group will have a child-sized pool of beans at an activity fair but we hate to think of tossing the beans afterward so hoping you wonderful Craftsters will suggest some good ideas.
Considering small sewn bean-filled toss bags but not sure if they beans will decompose or be okay?
Please help us with some alternate uses!
Many thanks in advance!


« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010 04:27:07 PM »

so you want to make something for the children? Or something else.What kind of beans? Can they be made into hot cold packs? You could sell them as a fundraiser for next years fair.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010 07:52:59 PM »

Hot/cold packs and hacky sacks are what come to mind first.

There's a Mexican toy one of my cousins used to have called "rain stick". Basically it's just a hardened hollow cane with beans inside - you flip it on its other end, causing the beans to fall down and create a rain-like sound. Wish I could find a tutorial for that ...

But if all else fails, chilli.

Also, what kind of beans are we talking about? And are they going to be soaked? That'd pretty much ruin any chance they have at being craft material.
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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010 09:03:47 PM »

fill the pool with water, soak 'em and have a bean supper fundraiser! Wink

you can sprout/grow them and have a H - U - G- E  Farm Sale or U-Pick
Beans can be harvested after 55 days, so you could have a couple crops

the beanbag/hackey sack idea is good too, beans absorb moisture, so keep them someplace dry or else they'll get soft & moldy.

that being said, the beans could be used as a doll body/sock monkey filler.

rain stick - use a piece of pvc pipe 18 - 24", drill random screws into the pipe (use power drill) - more screws, more "rain" sound - glue a pvc pipe cap on one end, put in some beans, glue a cap on the other end.You can use markers & decorate the rain stick. - sell them as a fundraiser item!

make a big mural, you can paint the beans in bright colours after - kinda like skittles!
-they make a nice texture

cover stuff with them - like a mirror frame, picture frames, keepsake box, glass jars - the dash of your car! Smiley  paint them with acrylic/tole paints or spray paint - to make them shiny and protected use clear acrylic spray

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« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010 11:25:36 AM »

Those are great ideas, THANKS!
Thinking the beans will be pinto.  We hate the idea of tossing them in the trash after the fun day and receptive to any recycling ideas, be it for children or otherwise.  
Appreciate your time and thought!

Edit: The kids really enjoyed filling socks with beans, using their hands or funnels.  Afterwards, we donated both the beans and pool to our local children's museum. 
« Last Edit: July 08, 2010 09:02:45 PM by SkitzoLeezra - Reason: update » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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