Dara came up with brown bags as a Simple Play Wednesday idea. A brown bag – or two or three or four – can bring all sorts of creative play into your day.
I can think of craft ideas needing a pile of supplies, but we’ll leave those up to the experts. Have you ever visited the No Time for Flashcards website? She’s got AMAZING ideas, including making a cowboy vest out of a big paper bag.
Take the kids to a park or out in your yard and give them a small pile of paper lunch bags. I wonder what they’ll do?
- Our guest blogger, Alii, had two ideas involving paper bags in her “Five Fun Things at the Park” post: 1) Pick up trash and 2) Take the bags into the kitchen to pack a picnic lunch – except let your child help this time.
- A childhood favorite of mine – add just a few crayons they can make a simple puppet show. Or bring glue and make a nature puppet (pebbles for eyes, a leaf for the nose, etc.)
- Bags are perfect for treasure collections or sorting – big rocks in one bag, small rocks in another, fallen leaves and flowers in another?
- What about letting your child find a gift from nature for mom? Have them hide it in the bag to surprise you.
- Draw pictures of 5 things to discover on the outside of the bag and send them out on a scavenger hunt.
I’m sure your kids can come up with much more creative ideas than these – but your imaginations should be working now.
Have fun, play often!