Creative Challenge 8: Paper Bags

creative challenge 8: paper bags

A few weeks ago I put out a call for entrees in our 8th Creative Challenge: Paper Bags, and I’m excited that today is finally here and we get to see what everyone has been working on! The rules of the game are simple: projects should be child-directed, but grown-ups are welcome to join in the fun if the mood strikes. And at least one paper bag (of whatever variety) has to be used.

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I sometimes share what my kids and I have been working on, and today I’ll just give you a taste and turn the spotlight over to all the great ideas that are coming in from around the world. But come on back tomorrow and the rest of this week for more paper bag inspiration and highlights from the today’s Challenge.

Pinterest Contest

I’m a huge Pinterest fan (find me here: https://www.pinterest.com/tinkerlab), and I thought it would be fun to interact with this challenge through a Pinterest Contest. Simply share a link to your project and we’ll upload it onto a Pinterest Board for everyone to see. The project with the most repins by February 29, 2012 at 9 pm PST will win a $100 VISA gift card and 3-month subscription to Kiwi Crate (Kiwi Crate subscription is only open to U.S. residents).

Following are some of the blogs that have joined this challenge, and more can be found in the Link Party below.

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, Come Together 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, PlayDrMom, Rainbows Within Reach, No Time for Flash Cards, Creativity My Passion, Messy Kids, The Outlaw Mom,Glitter, Mud, and Duct Tape A Childhood List Kiwi Crate, Tinkerlab

If you have a paper bag post to share, you’re invited to add your inspiration to the Link Party at the bottom of this post. Everyone who links a paper bag project to this post will be added to the Paper Bag Pinboard on Pinterest.

 And feel free to grab our cute lil’ button for your own blog:

creative challenge 8: paper bags

  • Add your Paper Bag project to the Link Party. We’ll ‘Pin” the image that you’ve uploaded to the Link Party, and share the description that you added to your link. Links that don’t relate to this challenge will be removed.
  • If you have another way that you’d like us to describe the pin, please leave the description in the comment section.
  • If you don’t have a blog, you can still enter! Simply upload your project onto an online photo storage site like Flickr or Picasa, and share your photo’s URL in the link party.
  • Grab my button and share it or a link to this page in your post.
  • Leave a comment if you’d like to participate in the next Creative Challenge, and I’ll be sure to add you to my list.
  • If I’m not already following you on Pinterest, leave your Pinterest URL in a comment and I’ll be sure to follow you.
  • Spread the love!! Take a few minutes to visit at least five of the participating sites and leave them a nice comment. Repin your favorite posts. Share this challenge on Facebook. Tweet about it. Whatever works for you.


  1. Contest ends February 29, 2012 at 9 pm PST
  2. The pin with the most repins will be selected as the winner
  3. Projects should be child-directed, although adults are welcome to join in if the mood strikes. Projects must include at least one paper bag.
  4. Kiwi Crate subscription is open to U.S. residents only. $100 VISA gift card is open to all entrees.
  5. Participants are welcome to share their pin widely to encourage repinning
  6. Tinkerlab and Kiwi Crate reserve the right to edit descriptions or select post images at our discretion.
  7. You do not need to have a Pinterest account to join
  8. One entry per person, please
UPDATE: Congratulations to Child Central Station on winning this challenge!!

Upcoming Challenges – Mark your Calendar!

April 2 – Egg Cartons   {NEXT CHALLENGE}
June 4 – Flowers
August 6 – Milk Jugs or Cartons
October 1 – Dried Beans or Seeds

creative challenge 8: paper bags
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  1. woohoo! I linked up! we had so much fun with this – lil diva style! I had paper bag princesses twirling & playing about all day thanks to your challenge – it was funny! 🙂

    • Paper Bag Princesses! How fun is that?! You just reminded me that I made a prom dress out of newspaper in the first fashion design class I ever took. It was spectacular. Look forward to seeing what the divas have been up to.

  2. And, we’re LIVE too! The pinterest contest sounds so much fun! What a party!

    • Hey There, not sure why, but when I try to copy and paste your cute lil button to my blog post, it doesn’t work.  I’m still trying and it’s probably on my end.  

      • Hi Jena, I think I fixed it. Code is not my specialty!! 🙂 Let me know if you still have trouble.

  3. Your blog is amazing! Have you considered getting a button? I’ve put your address on my Linky page. http://kindergartenbasics.blogspot.com/ . I’d like to include your blog address in a book I’m co-writing for moms of preschoolers in our Resource chapter.

    • Hi Susan,
      Sorry I didn’t respond to you sooner — somehow I missed your comment until now. I think there’s now an active button on my site; thanks for the suggestion. And I’d be flattered to be included in the resource section of your book. 

  4. We had fun Rachelle! Your challenges are always so motivating to get creative!  I could see doing these challenges at all age levels… We had more ideas for paper bags, but I always have more ideas than time! i love being encouraged to think outside the box, bag, egg carton, or whatever.  A cereal box would be a good challenge (I was thinking this morning)!

  5. I found you from No Time for Flashcards, and I’m so happy I did! We have a paper bag project ready to go, and I have an egg carton activity in my head that’s been waiting for an empty egg carton. Yeah! I’d love to be on your lust for the next challenge, too.

    • Hi Tara,
      I’m so glad you found me too! Adding you to the list and look forward to seeing what you’ve come up with!

    • Thanks, Carolyn. I’ll add you, and look forward to having you join us next time too!

  6. FYI -  your button is not working!

    • I think it’s now fixed. Sorry for the trouble!

  7. i love to join the next one also add me to the list !!

  8. Oops – left my project twice without meaning to! Feel free to remove the extra one!

    • Now following you, Karenda! I was only able to pin the first 40 before my kids woke up this morning, and I think they’re all pinned now. Thanks for your patience, and yes — encourage your friends and family to repin you!! Good luck 😉

      •  I still don’t see our project on the pinterest board, but I’m not too worried. There are so many great ideas I don’t think our fairy dresses stand a chance of winning.

        • Hi Karenda, I don’t know how I missed that. Might be that I started pinning before all the posts were live. In any case, it’s now pinned and tweeted! And you have a great chance of winning — your project is fabulous! ~rachelle

  9. If I pin my project and people repin from my account – does that get counted?

    • That’s probably how we should have done it! But no, we have to pin you. Have you already linked up?

      • Yes I’m project #59.  Good luck to me! 😉

        • You’ve been pinned! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/111816003218192361/

  10. Love this!!! What great ideas posted to get our kids creativity spinning!  We would love to participate in the next challenge and have any new followers on our Pinterest boards.  We are kind-of addicted too.  The fun thing is that you get 2 for 1 with our boards – 2 pinners (Kim and I) at one place =)  https://www.pinterest.com/educatorsspinon/

  11. These ideas are amazing! I wish I could post about all of them.
    Let me know about who wins the ‘Repin’ contest and I’ll post about it. People are so creative! I love it!

  12. Thanks Rachelle for the fun inspiration always! 🙂 My pinterest URL is https://www.pinterest.com/momartscience/

  13. This was a lot of fun! Thanks for the inspiration. I am trying to do more projects with the kids so this was perfect. I’m new to pinterest. Here is my board: https://www.pinterest.com/mariafonnesbeck/

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