Creative challenge: colorful paper beanbags for preschool play

Tinkerlab is hosting another terrific creative challenge and this one is a paper bag creative challenge!  I don’t know about you, but trying to come up with a unique paper bag idea was a big stretch for me!


I still don’t know that I came up with something all that impressive but my kids enjoyed this little DIY idea.  I made bright and colorful paper bag beanbags….

I know – not all that impressive to look at but we had fun playing with our paper bag beanbags! To make these spectacular paper bag beanbags, I simply filled plastic baggies with beans then inserted the beans into the small colorful paper bags. By putting the beans in baggies first, you don’t have to worry if the paper bag tears open while playing with it

These are mini-paper bags that I picked up last summer. I am not sure where I got them from but I think from the Party Store here in my hometown…

I put about 1 cup of beans in each bag. Once they were all filled up, I folded the top of the bags down and stapled them shut…

Then I put all the beanbags in a basket and we were ready to play. Since I can’t sew, this makes a simple alternative to making fabric beanbags when I need a few at the last minute…

The children tossed the beanbags onto a grid I made out of tape on the carpet. There was no real objective to the game. The children just tried to see if they could get a beanbag in each square of the grid…

This game was much more challenging than it looks. The children really had to work at judging the strength of their toss as well as distance and height of the toss…

It is always amazing how something that can look so simple can end up being quite a challenge!

Participating bloggers

Paint Cut Paste, Imagination SoupHands On: As We Grow, Child Central Station, Putti Prapancha,Irresistible Ideas for Play-Based LearningTeach Preschool, The Chocolate Muffin Tree, Nurture Store, Small TypesThe Imagination Tree, Toddler Approved, Red Ted Art, Sun Hats and Wellie Boots, ComeTogether Kids, Mommy Labs, Kids in the Studio, Rainy Day Mum, Glittering Muffins, Sense of Wonder, Mom To 2 Posh Lil Divas, Come Together Kids, 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, PlayDrMomRainbows Within ReachNo Time for Flash Cards, Creativity My PassionMessy Kids, Kiwi Crate, Tinkerlab

To see more paper bag ideas, check out the linky below!

By |2012-02-06T06:00:45+00:00February 6th, 2012|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas February 6, 2012 at 10:14 am - Reply

    awesome – this would be so easy to put together at home to practice our sight words, etc for school too! Simple, fun & challenging all in one!

  2. Kristina February 6, 2012 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    This is not lame like you mentioned it would be. This is terrific and simple. Pinning it now and sharing it! What a great way to spend an afternoon indoors or out… and if I draw Angry Birds on the bags then my son will be even more excited 😉

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 7, 2012 at 12:43 am - Reply

      Haha – Angry birds would make it much more fun!

  3. Amber February 6, 2012 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    Simple is usually best! I love the bright colors! Might have to look for some of these mini bags…Really haven’t seen any … but haven’t been doing much shopping/browsing lately either. 🙂

  4. Esther February 7, 2012 at 9:01 am - Reply

    Simple is best and we love rainbows. Have to look for them in the party stores! My daughter would love the bean toss game or may be we will use it to play hop scotch too. She loves Hop scotch.

  5. Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan February 9, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    I love it!!! Great activity for judging distance.

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