As an added little gift for all eight nephews and nieces, I made these hide and seek pillows. This is the last of the gifts I made for the kids this year. I used pink fleece for the girls, and green fleece for the boys. (I also did a purple one for the family who had two boys.:) Inside each pillow, I put bean bag beads in along with 20 small objects for them to find. There were plastic animals, letters, numbers, articles of clothing, and even for some, the letters that spelled their name. I stitched on a homemade tag that told them all the things to look for. After they were all completed inside, I used fabric paint to do a small decoration on the front, as well as write their initials on the back.
This is the one I made for the boys. My sister-in-law's kids have been calling these "treasure pillows" and they've had a blast with them.
This is me and Jaden playing with his pillow. He's almost three years old and he loved it. He sat down with me for a long time looking for all the objects. This activity is perfect for quiet times at home or for a long car ride. My sister had the idea to take off the tag so that she could say each thing out loud in the car as her kids searched for each item. I took one to church one day when I had to be in the toddler nursery. These kids loved it as well--lots of fun, and educational, too!