Much to my children’s chagrin, we don’t spend very much time on video games at our house. This spring, however, I got my first smart phone and we downloaded Angry Birds to see what it was all about. While I am still maintaining my position that video games are largely a waste of time, there’s just something irresistable about Angry Birds!

The other day, it dawned on me that there were probably all kinds of ideas for Angry Birds activities on Pinterest. Sure enough, I found several! This post about Angry Birds rocks looked like a lot of fun, and I loved the idea of building real towers to knock down. However, my boys plus throwing rocks sounded like a bad, bad idea. I decided to make some Angry Birds beanbags out of felt.

I didn’t use a pattern – just looked at pictures online and eyeballed the designs. For the faces, I stitched on the beaks and eyes and glued on the eyebrows with Tacky Glue. So far the glue has held on fine. I cut the black tail feathers out of felt and then sewed them between the layers when I put the birds together. The birds are stuffed with rice.

When the boys came downstairs on Monday morning, I had the red one completed. They were totally in awe! And they instantly began putting in their orders for one each of all the other types of birds! I’ve made four so far (two of the yellow one), and I told them that the factory is shut down for now. (Maybe I’ll make some of the pigs for their stockings at Christmas!)

The boys worked very intently on building towers to knock down! We used some plastic pigs from our animal collection, and although they weren’t quite the same as the game, they did the job.

Back in June, we had made a PVC pipe sling shot. It was perfect for our Angry Birds!

…Although Owen resorted to just throwing the beanbags pretty quickly.

Aidan made some towers with multiple parts so that we could count how many shots it took to knock it all down.

There’s nothing quite like knocking down block towers!

(The blocks we are using are Treehaus Castle Building Blocks – we love them!)

More Angry Birds Fun:

  • Flip the Angry Birds beanbags with a spatula. Great for coordination! I set up Owen (age 3) with this activity, but Gresham (almost 6) spent a LOT more time on it!


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  1. Christina Sep 7, 2012

    These are super cute I'm going to try these for my son

  2. Joyce @Childhood Beckons Sep 7, 2012

    I cannot tell you how much I love those beanbags. There are no words. But I'm wordy, so I'll try! R absolutely loves angry birds thanks to an older cousin. We usually try to keep video games under control, but there is no stopping the love for angry birds. I think a hands on and homemade angry birds game is seriously in order for this house too. We do have a board game (did you know they had those?) and it's much loved, but these.. these top that easily. And making the pigs for Christmas is a fabulous idea! I think this is going to be one of my homemade gifts as well. Love. LOVE. You did such a great job!

  3. Julie Jones Sep 7, 2012

    I just showed my kids this and they are so insistent make these. Thanks for the ideas!!! I see an angry bird birthday party in our future.

  4. Stranded Sep 7, 2012

    Those blocks are awesome. What are they called? (The wooden ones you guys used to make the towers).

    1. Sarah Sep 9, 2012

      The blocks are Castle Building Blocks and the brand is Treehaus. I edited the post and added a link to the blocks if you want to see what they are!

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