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A friend of mine has a toddler and I decided it would be fun to make him a copy of Hive that wasn't easily swallowed by said kid.

This is not a replacement for our own copies of the game, but rather one that the baby can roll around on and play with. (Once I give it to him, I'll post pictures of the toys in action).

Here's the finished project:



The first thing I did was cut out the hexes in foam. I used another hex from a game and measured out an extra inch on each side so that I maximized the size with the foam that I had.



I measured out a grid and then make a hex stencil to mark out the hexes. Cutting the foam wasn't too easy. I recommend very sharp scissors.



As you can see they're very thick and chunky (good for tiny kiddo hands).



I wanted to go with a quilt-like feel so I choose two colors (green and orange) and picked out half a dozen patterns for each. The fabric store where I was shopping has small pre-cut squares used primarily for quilting anyway so it was easy and fun to pick lots out.



I cut out the bug shapes from solid colors. And a friend of mine helped out as well. (She did the awesome grasshopper, the bees, and the beetles).



I used the hex stencil to make sure that the bugs weren't too big. And I made sure to iron all the pieces so they would lay flat.



I used permanent fabric glue and fray blocker to make sure the bugs don't get frayed too quickly.



Then I used fabric glue and pins to cover the hexes after lining up the bugs (this is important, I missed the mark on a few of them).



The last step was covering the bases. I used some tough fabric that is primarily for outdoor furniture. Hopefully it'll be more durable that way.



I'm very happy with the finished project, and can't wait to gift it!

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WOW!

Cutting the foam was hard? Wondering if you tried a sawing motion and that failed?
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Wow! It looks terrific, Jes!
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we three wrote:
WOW!

Cutting the foam was hard? Wondering if you tried a sawing motion and that failed?


No I just straight up cut them with scissors. The cutting itself was easy, but it took so long I got a few blisters along the way.
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Wow! It looks terrific, Jes!


Thanks Stasia!
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It turned out beautifully! I am so impressed. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice work, it looks great!
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Can you take a pic of them next to a ketchup bottle, soup can, something for a size reference?
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toober wrote:
Can you take a pic of them next to a ketchup bottle, soup can, something for a size reference?


I couldn't find a reference pear, but a can of pop will do.

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jesb wrote:
toober wrote:
Can you take a pic of them next to a ketchup bottle, soup can, something for a size reference?


I couldn't find a reference pear, but a can of pop will do.



Mike, I'm glad you asked cuz I was thinking they were much smaller!

It's a good size for toddlers. I can also, if you don't mind, see these working really well as wall decor.
It would be SO CUTE!


Editing to add that I can see these in a 'bug' themed kids room that would work all the way up to maybe age 9 or so.



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we three wrote:
jesb wrote:
toober wrote:
Can you take a pic of them next to a ketchup bottle, soup can, something for a size reference?


I couldn't find a reference pear, but a can of pop will do.



Mike, I'm glad you asked cuz I was thinking they were much smaller!

It's a good size for toddlers. I can also, if you don't mind, see these working really well as wall decor.
It would be SO CUTE!




And they totally match my mix matched living room. Lol. Kind of wish I'd just made them for myself haha. They work really well just as building blocktoo.
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You should see some of the stuff they try to pass off as kid room decor in some catalogs! I'm guessing the big draw is child safety and legal responsibility etc but have you see some of the crappy ideas for rooms?

Bugs would be a Great line and an easy sell to parents.

Bug toddler quilts, foam ( or wooden - painted with special 'safe' paint ),
a matching rug and pillows...

Just sayin'.



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Wow! Nice work Jes! thumbsup
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These are amazing! Great job.
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Looks fabulous and what a wonderful idea!
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we three wrote:
You should see some of the stuff they try to pass off as kid room decor in some catalogs! I'm guessing the big draw is child safety and legal responsibility etc but have you see some of the crappy ideas for rooms?

Bugs would be a Great line and an easy sell to parents.

Bug toddler quilts, foam ( or wooden - painted with special 'safe' paint ),
a matching rug and pillows...

Just sayin'.



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Thanks everyone! I had a lot of fun making them.
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jesb wrote:
toober wrote:
Can you take a pic of them next to a ketchup bottle, soup can, something for a size reference?


I couldn't find a reference pear, but a can of pop will do.



These are awesome! (bonus points for calling it pop! )
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What a very nice idea Jes. And it turned out very well!
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These are fantastic! Thank you for posting pics!
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Amazing. I'm tempted to make a set for our baby-on-the-way. Not sure if we have room though (apartments in Japan).

I do worry that they'll get destroyed much faster than you've anticipated. They don't look durable enough for a toddler.
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Benkyo wrote:
Amazing. I'm tempted to make a set for our baby-on-the-way. Not sure if we have room though (apartments in Japan).

I do worry that they'll get destroyed much faster than you've anticipated. They don't look durable enough for a toddler.


I'm sure they will. The recipient is a little tornado wearing a diaper.
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This is really clever. I can imagine using this method to make hexes from, well, any game that uses hexes!

jesb wrote:
I wanted to go with a quilt-like feel so I choose two colors (green and orange) and picked out half a dozen patterns for each. The fabric store where I was shopping has small pre-cut squares used primarily for quilting anyway so it was easy and fun to pick lots out.



If you're going shopping, these pieces are called fat quarters, or there are smaller pieces that are fat eighths. A typical quarter yard is long and narrow (approx 9" x 44") and not as useful for quilting or crafting. A fat quarter is a yard of fabric cut in half lengthwise and crosswise (approx 18" x 22").
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Now it's time for a toddler friendly version of Agricola.
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Now it's time for a toddler friendly version of Agricola.


thumbsup Squishy sheep! And cows! And pigs! This has so many possibilities.
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