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!

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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