Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of the afternoon designing roads for toy cars with masking tape! Plenty of imaginative playtime fun!

Rainy Day Fun -- Paper Bag Houses

To set up this cute craft for kids, we used:

Rainy Day Fun -- Paper Bag Houses

I started by filling each paper lunch bag about half way with crumpled up old newspaper. Then, I rolled up the top and stapled to hold in place. When the kids came home from school, I had the materials ready for them on the kitchen table. Each paper bag was placed on a cookie sheet to help contain any mess. I wish you could have seen their faces when they arrived home — such joy!!

Since we used masking tape and labels to create doors, windows, etc. this was a very low-mess craft! The kids were happy to decorate their houses without any glue or messy paint.

Rainy Day Fun -- Paper Bag Houses

To form the rooftops, I folded a sheet of colored paper in half and cut along the fold. Then folded each half in half once again. I used decorative scissors for a scalloped edge, and the kids thought their houses looked adorable!

Rainy Day Fun -- Paper Bag Houses

Later, they gathered their toy cars and made roads with masking tape to create their own little paper bag town. So much fun!!

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  1. These are awesome! What a fun thing to make with little ones! My boys and my nieces would LOVE this invitation to create! Thanks for the great idea.

  2. Mumplus 3 says:

    Hi Valerie
    Thank you so much for yet another absolutely fantastic idea. I know my kids from the toddler to the ten year old will have lots of fun with this. I really admire your creative ability and seemingly endless energy to manage kids, hubby and fab website. Really a frugal family fun idea :-).