Winter Beanbag Warmer
Today's Snack: Since we're working with
dry beans today, but you can't eat them 'til they've been soaked and cooked and
that takes a long time, take a shortcut. Just open a can of refried beans, heat
on a stove or microwave, sprinkle a little shredded cheddar cheese on top, and
use as a dip for warmed-up mini hotdogs, corn chips, carrot and celery sticks,
or all of the above!
An old, clean tube
sock, child or adult size
Sewing needle and
Dry beans, such as
northern or pinto beans
When the weather outside is cold
and snowy, an adult in your life is probably doing a lot of shoveling and snow
The best thing you can do is to
get out there and help them. So make the offer!
Better yet, get out there and
help them AND make not one, but two, of these personal beanbag warmers out of
tube socks. Make one for you, and one for the adult whom you're going to help.
These fun beanbag warmers also
make unusual and meaningful gifts for neighbors, friends, and just about anyone
who has to go outside in the howling winter winds.
You can make one large one to
wear around your neck and hold in place with a scarf, or, if you have
child-sized socks, you can make two small ones to place in your coat pockets as
Here's all you
Find an old, stretchy, clean tube sock, perhaps one whose
mate got lost in the laundry.
2. Ask an
adult who sews to teach you how to thread a needle, make a knot, and "darn" - which
means "fix" -- any holes in the sock.
3. Fill the
sock with dry beans such as northern or pinto beans.
4. One way
to close off your beanbag is to tie off the end in a double knot.
5. Or you
could ask an adult to help you sew the end shut. Don't make it TOO full!
you go out into the cold, microwave your beanbag warmer for two minutes on high
power. Then put it on. Ahhhh!
Some people prefer using dry
rice instead of dry beans. But beware: the fabric has to be tightly-woven or
the rice will slip out. Athletic tube socks are designed to have space between
the fibers so that your feet's perspiration can escape when you exercise. So
they're great for this purpose.
Rice can work its way out of the
weave, but dry beans cannot.
You might need a different kind
of cloth, with less space between fibers, if you want to use rice instead of
Footnote: (excuse the pun) These
also are great to microwave at bedtime and put down by your feet on a cold