Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bark George: Origami Dog Tissue box play

Upcycled paper bag and Tissue box Dogs

Make Origami Dog faces and glue to tissue box


CJ really enjoys reading Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. It's a funny story about a little puppy, George, who swallows some animals (a duck, cat, pig and a cow). When George's mom asks him to bark, he can just make the sounds of the animal inside his tummy. His mom takes him to the Vet and the Vet soon reaches to the bottom of it. The Vet pulls out each animal from George tummy and he gets back his ruff, dog voice. His mom gets so excited that she kisses all the animals and the vet. On the way home, George's mom wants to show off his voice to everyone on the street. But when she says, "Bark, George," he simply says, "Hello". CJ giggled on almost every page - when George made different sounds, when the vet wears the longest latex gloves and pulls out the cow. Her favorite page is George's mom kissing the animals and the vet. While reading the final page, She gives a pause and says "HELLO". What a wonderful funny ending!


While participating at the Tissue box challenge, I was inspired by the tissue box rabbit on ready set read blog. I had tissue box George up my sleeve ever since. The tissue box opening is a perfect one to hold the animals.

How to make George and his Mommy

  1. We upcycled a brown paper bag and made Origami talking dog faces. Cut the paper bag and create square shapes

    Fold a rectangle shape paper as shown below and cut a square

  2. Follow the instructions given here to fold the origami talking dog faces

  3. Add eyes, nose and mouth using a pen/Marker

    While making the other dog eyes, CJ became impatient and just doodled something

  4. Take empty tissue boxes and wrap them with the scraps of brown paper or any color construction paper
  5. Place the tissue boxes in upright position with the rectangular opening facing you. Glue the origami dog faces to the tissue boxes above the opening.
    Tissue Box Dog. The opening acts as a good puppet for the Bark George Book play
    George's mom has a red scarf around her neck. So we added a red ribbon bow.

While doing the Origami dog, I was just wondering whether CJ will be able to do the folds. But She did it with out my help. I just showed her the instructions from the laptop and She was super fast in folding. I let her to draw the eyes, nose and mouth too.

After creating the dogs, We filled George tummy with small toy animals.

Bark George Book + activity/craft

CJ reenacted the story in her own words and also played the role of Vet. She had fun pulling out the animals.

For the animals, you can also use the printable from Making Learning Fun site. They also have a list of activities to go with the book.

Updated blog post for the Paper bag creative challenge hosted by Rachelle of Tinkerlab. The challenge is to create a child-centered craft using at least one paper bag

While we had played with paper bag to create origami dogs, we do have few of our other posts that can be done with paper bags too

Make Paper boats with paper bags

Make a simple Butterfly using simple folds and cutting

Art Smock


  1. I love this Esther - a great story/play idea. Love the animals in the tummy. Thanks for sharing the link on NurtureStore

  2. Oh your dogs are just too cute! Especially that you can have so much fun with them afterwards! Love it when my kids play with our crafty stuff! Double the value in the craft!

    Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! Love your posts!


  3. Hey
    wow fabulous craft of George and his creative.really wonderful blog.i must say.
    sea animals

  4. This is my favorite book to read to my daughter. We are going to do this for summer and our pre-k at our homeschool group, I'm in charge of story time and crafts!!!!! Now I just have one question,what do you do about the end when he says Hello, do you tell your children he swallowed a human, that is the great debate in our house, lol!!!

  5. Great craft play to go with the book! Love it:)

  6. L2L glad that you liked the craft! While reading the book we had a discussion about George saying Hello! My daughter asked the question "How could that be? I said George is playing with his mommy. My daughter was convinced and she said silly dog George!

  7. This is such a great craft for that book! We just recently discovered this book through a suggestion of a facebook friend. We're loving it!

  8. What a great way to recycle a tissue box! Sounds like such a fun book too.

  9. I love the dog. JDaniel would love his storage area.

    Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

  10. What a cute idea! We also love this book. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

  11. Oh, Esther - love this dog! How cute! I love that you ahve been able to creat different animals out of tissue boxes. What will you come up with next?

    Stop by the sunday showcase this week - it's up and ready to see what else you ahve to share!


  12. I love your blog, thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas. Greetings from my creative activities blog.

  13. I love this!! Bark George is the cutest book and this would be so fun to do while reading it! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Thanks for linking up to the World Animal Day BLOGHOP! You are a magnificent and playful mom :)

    Angelique & the WAD organisation

  15. This is great, Esther! It's hard to find paper big enough to fold such large pieces of origami (perfect for little hands) and the paper bag is perfect for that. Not to mention, I love that little hidey-hold opening in the dog's belly. Very fun.

  16. What a fun idea! I love art that becomes a play toy.

  17. This is such a fun idea! What wonderful dogs! Thank you for linking to the Tissue Box Challenge.