Posted by: Sylvia, aka Shucky | July 26, 2010

Diane Makes Alpha Beans!

Alphabeans

Isn’t this just too cute? Here’s a new game for the kids that will cost you the price of a bag of lima beans (or any large white bean) and a thin permanent marker. And most kids like tiny things, so these beans have a certain appeal that you just won’t find with any other alphabet game! Just make sure your child is old enough not to stick them up their nose or in their ears!

If you’ll be using the beans to play with I recommend giving them a protective coat of acrylic varnish (spray would be convenient, but do it outside!) or even some clear nail polish. The letters on our beans started to wear off from handling.

As far as the rules of the game, well there are many ways to play depending on your child’s knowledge. For older children you could devise a scrabble type game, and for younger ones a matching game, like which little letter goes with which big letter etc. (put a dot at the top of the bean so kids know which way is up.)

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