Thursday, March 22, 2012

My New Hat - Toddler Art Project

My New Hat

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Hats

Books: 12 Hats for Lena by Karen Katz, Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats

Big Paper (12 x 18)
Card Stock Weight Paper
Crayons / Markers / Colored Pencils
Adults get to use Scissors and a Stapler

Prep: Cut the Card Stock into pieces about 4” x 6” (for the front of the hat). They can be left rectangular or shaped along the top similar to the front of a tiara or crown. Cut the ‘big’ paper into long strips 2-1/2” wide.  

Activity: Each child gets a pre-cut ‘front’ for their hat and crayons / Markers / Colored Pencils. Make it colorful. Add shapes, letters, trace hands; there is no wrong way to decorate it! When you are done, put your drawing tools away and have an adult help put it together.

Adult Assembly: Measure the 2-1/2” wide paper to the child’s head. It will NOT be long enough – but do not panic! The ‘gap’ is made up by the piece that the kids have colored. Staple them together to create a ring that can be worn.

Notes/Tips: Staple so that the tines of the staple point out so that little foreheads don’t get scratched. If you forget and do them the other way, cover the tines with a small piece of masking tape. Large index cards are an easy pre-cut alternative to cardstock in this project. Pinking sheers are a simple way to make paper look fancy. This project can be made ‘big kid friendly’ by adding ‘big kid supplies’ such as ribbon, feathers, stickers, beads, etc.  

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