Mother of Invention

Nov 21, 2018

Laura McShane

The proverb goes: "Necessity is the mother of invention."

Here's our plan to keep kids' little hands busy over the long holiday breaks: Our wreath workshop elves will cut out leaves from the hundreds of paper bags we have stockpiled from an after snack program!


We also hope to spark their wonder for the inventor of those paper bags--Margaret (aka "Mattie") Knight and share these books:

Marvelous Mattie-How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor

Margaret Knight and the Paper Bag

Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an InventorMargaret Knight and the Paper Bag

Maybe, the kids will also appreciate and understand how paper bags are manufactured today making them less likely to just throw them out!

Process: it takes two lunch sized bags to create enough leaves for one 12" wreath. We used light weight poster board to cut out the ring and Aleene's tacky glue to affix the leaves to the ring.



Non-toxic tempera paint looks great once it has dried.


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