Quiet fun for kids with paper bags and crayons
Paper bag puppets:
Start with small paper bags folded flat so that the squared bottom of the bag overlaps side. Color puppet face and figure on bottom and side of bag, using the overlap as the puppet’s mouth. To make puppets speak, children put their fingers into the bottom fold and open and close hand. Arms, ears and other features can be added to make the puppets more interesting.
Cut off bottom end of a paper bag. Flatten and fold bag into pleats about two inches wide. While still folded, cut pleats to resemble feathers, leaving about two inches at end of bag for head band. Unfold and let children decorate with crayons.
Large paper bags from cleaners or grocery stores can make beautiful costumes. Cut holes for arms and head. Children will enjoy coloring costumes of foreign lands, spacemen, animals and other things.
Fun for Halloween
Crayola windows. Draw pumpkins, witches, goblins on paper. On the reverse side, rub or wipe the surface with any available household oil — salad oil, linseed oil, baby oil. Tape sheet with design to inside of window pane. Put lights behind it and it will glow like a stained glass window.
Crayola scare faces: Have children color a face on a paper bag, then stuff with newspaper and fasten to stick with string or tape. Paste strings to the head for witch’s hair, or add decorated paper cups for hats.
Crayola ghosts. Use white Crayola wax crayon to draw ghostly figure on white paper. Then brush paper with diluted tempera paint, ink, or water color. Ghosts appear as if by magic because paint won’t stick to heavily-crayoned areas. As a variation, try this with colored crayons and contrasting paint.