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Let’s Play Hopscotch with Bean!

19 Oct

Today’s video is playing hopscotch!  It is my kids’ version, which doesn’t necessarily match up with others that I’ve found online, but since its the way THEY play it, that’s how we’re doing it today on the show.  Watch Bean and friends play hopscotch here!

You can find a bunch of other outdoor game ideas here and here.  Next week we’ll be back in the studio filming more imagination activities.  We’ll be drawing using our imagination, making fun costume ideas and hopefully our new imagination song as well as at least one stop motion animation video.

Let us know what YOU would like to see in November and we’ll try to incorporate it into our show!

If you missed our other outdoor games videos, you can see them here:

Come and Play Cars with Us!  And Don’t Step on the Lava!

Come and Play Hide & Seek, Tag and Have Fun Drawing!

Come Meet our Dog, Diva and Come with Us on a Walk!

Come & Swing with Bean and Abyni AND Count to Ten for a Nap!

Or, if you prefer more scripted shows, see our first detective/mystery show!  Bean’s Detective Agency!

Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to share your ideas and suggestions for future shows!


Outside Imagination! Let’s Play fun Outdoor Games: Tag, Hide and Seek and Draw with Sidewalk Chalk!

16 Oct


Abyni chases Bean during a fast game of Tag!

Today I’m posting video of Bean and the girls playing with sidewalk chalk, playing tag and playing hide and seek.

With these videos, we’re trying to give kids a peek into Bean’s “real life” treating them like home movies rather than a “show”.  Its fun, and seems like it should be LESS work, but in reality, its a LOT more work, especially when it comes to editing the video for the final product.

I hope your kids enjoy watching Bean play different games and that they are inspired to play, too!

Watch our Outdoors Fun with sidewalk chalk, Tag & Hide and Seek Video Now!

Have your kids help Abyni find Bean in a game of Hide & Seek!

Play with Sidewalk Chalk… What can you create?




Imagination & Costumes or Dress Up? Make-up Tutorials for Princesses & Zombies!

15 Oct

I know there are many opinions on Halloween, but whether or not you agree with celebrating that holiday, there is no question that kids love to play dress up and pretend.  My kids have always enjoyed dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else, regardless of the day or time of year.

How I wish I still had the photo of my husband with Sprite’s plastic princess crown and dangly clip on earrings!!!  You know that photo would be posted everywhere by now!:)

The boys as Jedi Knights for a Costume Party

Abyni as Snow White

Paris as Punky Brewster

Here I am, dressed as Cruella DeVille with the boys. I think Kainan was the Matrix dude and Jaedin was The Crocodile Hunter

Now the kids are older, and boy have they stepped up their game.  Paris is doing youtube tutorials for Halloween this year and she learned some amazing techniques for Zombie makeup as well as doing some really fun “Princess” type tutorials as well.  Check out Paris’ Makeup Youtube Channel.

The other night, the three youngest kids went to a Monster Bash Costume Party and left the house looking like THIS:


If you’re more of the horror movie genre of costuming, you’ll love this “Zombie” style makeup tutorial:

If you’re more of a Princess type… check these out:

Share your favorite costume photos on our facebook page!


Bloopers and the Fun of Being a Puppet

10 Oct

Paris and Abyni cracking up when Paris’ phone rang in the middle of filming.


One of my favorite things about any movie/tv show is the blooper reel.  I love seeing the ‘real’ people come out and laugh at themselves.

Its time for bloopers again.  In part because Abyni and Patrick (our camera and lighting guy and all around amazing husband:) are sick.  Plus the fact that in spite of the sick, Patrick worked a nearly 14 hour day yesterday because of the people who called in ‘sick’ on the heaviest day of the week for mail (coupon day and the day after a holiday).  I was not thrilled to see him feeling so crappy last night:(

Anyway, because Abyni has spent the day coughing, and Patrick is up for another long day at work, I decided to work on artwork for another stop motion animation AND upload the blooper reel for some laughs.

Here Paris and Abyni are cracking up over Abyni making a silly face when she didn’t think the camera was on yet.

Running Bean’s Monkey Business is a lot of work.  It really takes a LOT of my time. Often the girls have to film when they might want to be doing something else, or they’re not in the mood… but they do it anyway because we’re all very invested in making this work and become something big.  

However, MOST of the time it is just plain FUN.  Even if we’re not in the mood when we start (I’ve been dealing with some pretty hardcore depression these past several months), once we get going and Bean is here, we all just relax and have fun with it.  I could have the same amount of bloopers and laughter videos as I do “real” videos because we are continually cracking each other up, making a silly mistake or just laughing at something goofy that someone did.

Here is Abyni cracking up because Paris (who is on a rolling ‘bed’ with Bean) keeps bumping into her chair when she tries to ‘walk’ bean around her.

I hope you can enjoy laughing with us (or at us) as you watch our most recent blooper video.  I am truly blessed to have a “job” that I love so much… even if it doesn’t pay anything yet!


Imagination Boxes! Bean the Monkey Learns About Imagination!

9 Oct

Abyni shows Bean how to use boxes to play imagination games!


Watch Bean and Abyni ride in a boat, a car and an airplane!  Imagination Win!

What are your kids’ favorite imaginary games to play?

Post your photos of your child playing their favorite imaginary game on our facebook page!

Read Aloud & Children’s Book Review: I’m a Shark by Bob Shea

8 Oct

Today *J* Stopped by to read a book with Bean.  Its called “I’m a Shark” by Bob Shea.

I just randomly grabbed this book off of the library shelf… and fell in love.  I loved the illustrations at first glance.  I love all sorts of illustrations in children’s books, and I appreciate the simple drawings in this book.  They are simple and yet full of character.  The shark is just hilarious and so childlike with his/her refusal to admit fear.

I think this is a fun and silly story, that brings the topic of fear up in a completely lighthearted way.  It gives parents the opportunity to bring up a discussion of fear with kids who might be struggling with different fears.  I definitely recommend this book for all kids.  I think it would be a good book for emerging readers as well!

Look at that FABULOUS shark!  I LOVE it!

Watch the video and Read along with Bean and Jay “I’m a Shark” by Bob Shea:)


What did you think?  Did you like the book?


Bean’s Birthday Party! Our first Live Show with a Puppet Set

18 Sep

Bean getting the kids all excited, playing “Bean Says”

Bean had his first live birthday party!  Although I did learn a lot from it (and what I need to do differently next time), I think it went fairly well.

The kids had fun and the little girls left playing with their own little stuff “Bean” monkeys.  It was so so sweet!

We had a table set up so that Paris could do facepainting, and a bunch of balloons for making balloon animals with the kids in the living room.  This kept the kids occupied while we waited for all of the guests to arrive.  

Here is the video of Part 1:  Happy Birthday & A Birthday Game!

To make you’re own Birthday Game, just take a piece of foam core board or use a cardboard display board from a discount store.  You can cut holes different sizes and then grab a bag of wiffle balls or bean bags from the Dollar Tree and you’re off!  We didn’t play a terribly organized game, with the huge variation in ages, we just didn’t have the ability this time.  The point was for the kids to have  fun anyway.

Our Purple Monkey Game

You can decorate your game to fit your theme, we obviously used purple monkeys.  Thanks to Paris for making the game boards for us!

Just a quick painting on a display board!

Our “game time” got a little chaotic.  Paris and Abyni haven’t been in charge of a kids birthday party, and both Patrick and I were otherwise occupied.  Next time we’ll make more solid plans for Abyni & Paris so that they know what to do and we can be more organized.  Its been so long since *I* threw a young kids event, that I forgot how much there is to do DURING the games!

Here are some more videos that you can look forward to this week:

  • How to Bake Cupcakes for Bean’s Birthday

  • How to Decorate Purple Monkey Cupcakes for Bean’s Birthday

  • Can YOU Guess what Bean is getting for his Birthday? (& more game ideas)

  • AND, a CONTEST!!!  Your child can win a special Bean’s Birthday Party Favor Pack from the real birthday party!:)

Details later this week!

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