Halloween Gift Bags Activity

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Updated on Oct 21, 2013

How would your child turn a flat sheet of paper into something that can hold volume? Making gift bags for a Halloween party, or treat bags for tricker-treaters can serve as the perfect opportunity for your child to practice folding paper into a pouch that can hold objects such as candy or small toys. This delightful craft will allow your child to learn a bit about geometry and origami just in time for Halloween!

What You Need:

  • Orange construction paper
  • Tempera paint (black and white)
  • Small paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Tape
  • Tissue paper, or netting
  • Candy, toys or coins

What You Do:

  1. Place the orange sheet of construction paper on a table horizontally, or in landscape orientation.
  2. Ask your child to fold a lip about 1/2" wide from the top of the paper down. Crease it so it stays in place using a fingernail.
  3. Have him flip the paper upside down so the folded edge is face down.
  4. Encourage him to fold the bottom edge of the paper up about 3" and crease the fold. This will become the bottom of his treat bag.
  5. Have him fold in the sides of the bag so they overlap, making sure to keep the top lip of the bag folded. Tape the overlapping sides in place to create the bag.
  6. Flip the bag on the front and have him paint his gift bag with a Halloween theme, using black and white tempera paint. Allow the paint to dry.
  7. Ask him to gently open the bag at the top to see how he turned a flat sheet of paper into a bag that can hold volume.
  8. Have him stuff the bag with tissue paper or some sort of netting, and then encourage him to fill it with his favorite treats!

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