Paper Bag Creative Challenge

What fun can you have with a paper bag?  That is essentially the challenge from Tinkerlab: Grab a paper bag and some other materials and see what your child will create.

Before we started with the paper bag, we went outside to gather some supplies.
Aiden collected rocks and acorns from our front yard.

I cut up the paper bag to make a canvas for his creation.

I set up some watercolor paints {we later broke out some different paints}.

Here’s how the art piece progressed:

Aiden started by finger painting with the watercolors.

Then, he grabbed a brush.

He wanted to move on to different paints, so he mixed them up and used a sponge brush to paint some of the rocks and acorns we collected along with the paper bag.

We had some cut out shapes leftover from our Valentine Matching Games.  Aiden applied those to the art piece as well.

We also crumpled up a coffee filter we painted and added it to the corner.

Here’s the final product:

It was definitely about the process for us:
Searching for rocks and acorns outside;
Playing with shapes and colors;
Combined with the sensory experience of painting
Makes for a fun time!

”Tinkerlab”

Here are some of the blogs that are taking part in this challenge:

Paint Cut Paste, Imagination Soup, Hands On: As We Grow, Child Central Station, Putti Prapancha, Irresistible Ideas for Play-Based Learning, Teach Preschool, The Chocolate Muffin Tree, Nurture Store, Small Types,Make Do & Friend, The Imagination Tree, Toddler Approved, Red Ted Art, Mommy Labs, Kids in the Studio, Rainy Day Mum, Glittering Muffins, Sense of Wonder, Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas, Come Together Kids, My Creative Family, Kitchen Counter Chronicles, A Mom With A Lesson Plan, Angelique Felix, The Golden Gleam, Share and Remember, Clarion Wren, Living at the Whitehead’s Zoo, Let Kids Create, De tout et de rien, PlayDrMom, Creativity My Passion, Messy Kids, Kiwi Crate, Tinkerlab

Check out what they are doing.


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1. Where the Wild Things Are, RTA
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2. Valentine Animals on Bag
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3. Mini Coloring Book

4. Paper Bag Monsters
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5. Child Directed Projects
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6. Paper Bag Puppets & Literacy
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7. Paper bag dress with hanger
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8. Paper Bag Windsock
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9. Paper Bag Thankful Book
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10. Paper bag bean bags
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11. Paper Bag Princesses
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12. paper bag weaving
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13. Bark george: Origami Dog play
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14. Paper Bag Heart Gifts
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15. paper bag purse
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16. Paper Bag Fan
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17. Stuffed Puffy Heart
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18. Paper Bag Fairy Dresses
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19. Paper Bag Valentine Satchel
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20. A Clowns Hat
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21. Paper Bag Angry Birds
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22. Paper Bag Knights Helmet
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23. Childrens Art Lanterns
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24. Hot Air Balloon Night Light
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25. Patterned paper heart banner
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26. paper bag envelopes
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27. Paper Bag Walnut Grove
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28. A Hunt for Love
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29. Gruffalo paper bag
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30. Cave art
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31. Tall Giraffe Puppet Tutorial
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32. Paper Bag Backpack
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33. Painted Paper Bag Fairy Book
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34. Mystery Bag

35. Paper Bag Art
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36. Simple Paper Bag Weaving
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37. Paper Bag Love Owl
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38. Paper Bag Love Bomb
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39. Valentines Bags for 2s
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40. Bag Vests w Design Papers: LUV
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41. Handcrafted Bangles from paper
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42. LOVE Luminaries
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43. Small play hut from Paper Bag
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44. Goldfish Bag Puppet Tutorial
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45. Hungry Paper Bag Lion
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46. Paper Bag Painted Rose Bouquet
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47. Learning Color Words

48. Paper Bag Boat
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49. Ferocious Paper Bag
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50. Josephs Colored Coat
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51. Paper Bag Whale
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52. My Book of Colors
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53. Stained Glass Paperbag
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54. Letter Monster
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55. Tinkerlab Challenge Rules
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56. Paper Bag Chrysalides
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57. Bird Nest
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58. Paper Bag Museum
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59. Paper Bag Hat
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60. Paper Bag & Valentine Mail Box
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61. Whats in the Bag?
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62. Heart Lamp Shade Cover
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63. Paper bag vines
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64. Rubble – construction craft
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65. Paper Bag Playground
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66. I Lov U Sensory PaperBag
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67. Paper Bag Turkey
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68. Distressed Paper Bag Art
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69. Paper bag vines
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70. Paper bag Valentines card
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71. mixed media valentine
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72. printing on brown paper bags
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73. paper bag gift tags
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74. Lunchbag Gift Bag
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75. Paper Bag Cheese
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76. Sweet Little Heart Village
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77. 4 Ways to Recycle Paper Bags
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78. paper bag valentine lantern
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