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5 Ways to Reuse Retail Paper Bags

  1. Blocks in bags

 Make paper bag blocks with the kids. Open the bags, stuff them full of crumpled newspaper, and tape them shut. Discuss how much-crumpled paper the children will need to fill different-sized bags and how they will feel when they are full. When children have a collection of paper-bag blocks, give those paints, art supplies, scraps, glue, and other materials to decorate them with. Encourage children to talk about the various methods they use in their constructions as they work.

Later, ask children to consider what they want to build with their blocks. They may wish to construct individually or as a group. Set up a large area for children to work in either case.

  1. Put yourself in character

 Gather large Retail Paper Bags with attached paper or plastic handles (at least one for each child); extra paper shopping bags to use as masks; an unbreakable mirror; a variety of materials such as juice cans, egg cartons, plastic-foam pieces, empty boxes, fabric scraps, and straws; scissors; glue; tape; crayons and paint. Remove the bottoms of the bags with attached handles. Children can dress up in the bags by stepping inside and using the paper or plastic handles as shoulder straps. Arrange the collage and scrap materials on a table for children to decorate their costumes on the day you engage them in this activity.

  1. Dress up as a Paper Bag Puppet

Bring some of the kids’ favorite books to group time. Make a list of other books children have read in school, at home, or in libraries. Discuss the characters in the stories. Which do children prefer? Request that each child names their favorite character. On an experience chart, write the children’s choices next to their names.

Make paper bag puppets of your favorite characters with the kids. Discuss what characters the children want to be once more. Provide college and scrap materials to children. Please encourage them to use their planning, problem-solving, and creative abilities to decide on the types of puppets they want to make. How will they represent their ideas using the materials? Request that they notify you if they require any additional materials and work together to determine where and how you will obtain them. Then, observe the children as they work.

4. Create a mascot

 Give each child two large paper shopping bags, colored yarn, and scrap materials that can be crumpled easily, such as clean rags, newspaper, and cotton fabric. Allow children to select scrap materials, crumple them, and stuff them into Retail Paper Bags. To make the mascot’s head, have the children fill the first bag halfway, then tape it shut. Ask children to draw a face with markers, paint, or other decorative materials. Invite them to collaborate on special features, such as what color yarn to glue on for hair. Please encourage them to collaborate on creating a mascot that represents the entire class.

Suggest to the kids that they develop ways to make a body out of the second shopping bag and the remaining scrap materials. Collaborate over several days.

Assist children in attaching the mascot’s body to its head. Request that they choose a name for their mascot. Find a place for the mascot in your classroom.

It’s all in the bag! Retail Paper Bags can be used to surprise and delight children’s senses. First, gather a variety of textures, such as feathers, pinecones, cotton balls, sandpaper, and bubble wrap. Then, put the items in the bag one at a time. Next, close their eyes, reach into the bag and try to identify the object using their sense of touch.

Now try a different version of the game. Invite one of the children to identify the object in the bag. Next, fill the bag with another item. The next child can try to “find” (by touch) the first object and then identify the second object. Finally, the third child will attempt to identify the two previous objects in the bag and a new object added to the bag. Continue the game until the last child in the group has to identify all of the materials added to the bag.

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