Tuesday, July 5, 2011

How to: Paper Bag Person Foldable

This is my second how to foldable post and today I will show you guys how to make a paper bag person. I learned this is my last GT training and thought it would be a great tool to use during character studies. The example I'm showing you uses a All about me template created by Mrs. Lemons- click link to go to her site to get the freebiehttp://stepintosecondgrade.blogspot.com/2011/07/all-about-me-posters-freebie.html.  You will need a lunch size paper bag, scissors and tape.

Here is the finished product:

                          Step 1:  Lay your paper bag flat with flap facing facing up and fold the top of the bag just like in picture.
     Step 2:  unfold the top of the bag and using scissors round the corners of the fold. Next your going to cut the middle and top flap off the bag.

Step 3:  This flap will be the head of your body.  You are then going to make a long cut going down the middle of the bag stopping at the bottom flap of the bag.  When you get there make 2 diagonal cuts to release the arms of the bag.

Step 4:  Your almost done I promise! Now you should have a head and 2 arms on your bag.  Now to the final part.  Open the bottom pocket/flap of the bag.  On the side you will see a square.  Cut the square out on both sides.  When you have finished you will need to fold the flaps back and tape them on the edges to create a pocket. 
Your paper bag person should look like this when you are done. I think I;m going to do this the first week with Mrs. Lemons All About Me Poster and hang them in my room so that way I can see how well my students can follow directions. Once they grasp how to make them I will use them for character studies. I would love to hear how you can use this foldable in your room!

Mrs. Shepherd


  1. You just have to share this post on TBA's book report linky workshop. It is great!

    Teaching Blog Addict

  2. Wow! I love how you used that to make a baggable! What a great idea!

  3. I LOVE this idea! It took me a bit to figure it out because I am terrible at following directions - go figure! I think I might use this for Open House. What are you planning to put in the pocket? We also do a writing piece about a family member and it would be great to use this project as both a hands-on organizer and art project to go with the writing. Thanks!



  4. Thanks for commenting Christine I plan on giving students 5 notecards and they write 5 of their favorite things using complete sentences. This way I can access their writing abilities. Love the ideas!

  5. Great idea! I might send that home on Meet the Teacher Day so the kids can bring their cards to school the first week. Thanks again!