Tuesday, September 29, 2009

How to Make a Comet Throw Toy

It is easy to make a wonderful throw toy for children. We call it a comet, and this is how you do it. You need some tough ribbon, some fabric, and some rice.


Cut a rectangle out of the fabric.


Lay three lengths of ribbon across one end of the fabric. Each piece of ribbon is about three or four feet long.


Pin and sew on two sides as marked, letting the ribbons hang out on the unfinished side. I used a sewing machine to sew. Sew and resew over the section holding the ribbon in place. It is going to get some rough treatment.


Now turn right side out, fill with rice through the open side, fold in the unfinished edges, and sew.


Time for some fun. You need a big open space away from buildings and trees. The children got the comet stuck on some play structures and even a roof. We were lucky to get it back down.


Run!

Throw!


Throw some more! It's fun to play catch, keep away, and throw and chase. You can also use the comet to teach a tiny child to catch a ball. Because of the ribbon, it is easier to catch than a ball, and it won't bounce away.


Watch that comet go!

9 comments:

Jane said...

I love this. Thanks for sharing!

5 orange potatoes said...

Love it and looks so easy! Thanks for sharing!

lisa

The Magic Onions said...

I know a little boy who'd love this... and perhaps it would save our windows from traveling golf balls!
Blessings and magic.

The Magic Onions said...

I know a little boy who'd love this... and perhaps it would save our windows from traveling golf balls!
Blessings and magic.

Katarina said...

It looks funny:-) I have to try it:-) Thank you :-)

Patzi said...

Hi, even easier than that (so easy, the kids can do it themselves) is, if you crumble 2 or 3 sheets of newspaper together (one after the other) and push it together real hard.
Then wrap a cloth around it and tie it down, put the ribbons on and done.

kate said...

so fun! We made wet felted shooting stars in honor of michaelmas, but I love this idea and think I'll put it in my notebook of projects for next year's celebration-- my little ones will LOVE it!

Beth said...

Patzi, I love to know easier ways to do things!

Miss Grapefruit said...

I just wanted to let you know that I have done your comet throw and I have posted it in my blog (http://trespompones.blogspot.com) with a link here and with explanations in Spanish.

Hope you don't mind. If you do and you want me to take it off or anything, you just have to tell me!

Thanks a lot, love your blog!