This project is very flexible and can be used for anything! You can also combine this project with other project techniques to give your hat some more flare!
Just for fun or for a holiday, these hats are simple and always a hit with the kids.
I did this project with my two-year-old and one of the kids I babysit, and I sent the hat home for the weekend. His parents told me that he HAD to wear the hat the whole weekend and even to his play dates! Child-approved… check!
See below for Thanksgiving Hats, Crown, and St. Patrick’s Day variations!
- Any color construction paper
For a classroom, you can also use sentence strips
- Masking/Scotch Tape or Stapler
- Stickers, crayons, markers, stamps, feathers – any material desired for decoration
- Cut the construction paper in half lengthwise so you have two long rectangles.
- Tape or staple the rectangles together, end to end
- Have your child decorate their hat however they wish.
- Fit the hat around you child’s head and tape/staple closed. The rectangular pieces will overlap, and that’s okay.
Suggested project uses
This project can be used in the following ways:
- Letter themed project
- Have your child decorate their hat to a specific theme like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, or their birthday! My son made hats for all his guests for his 6th birthday!
- Crown– Instead of cutting a straight line to make the two rectangles, cut a zig zag down the middle to get the crowns points.
- Thanksgiving hats– Make the hat using Black construction paper as the base color. Then cut a piece of white construction paper in half lengthwise. Take one of the white rectangles, and cut it in half lengthwise again. You will have two strips that are HALF the width of the black strips. Glue the white strip to the black rectangle, covering the bottom half of the rectangle. Measure the hat and tape closed. Cut a square buckle out of yellow paper. Glue to the front of the hat. Voila! A pilgrim hat to celebrate in!
- Patrick’s Day Hat– follow the same instructions for the Thanksgiving hat, but use green for the base of the hat, black for the belt and small rectangle for inside the buckle, and yellow for the buckle. Cut out big shamrock shapes for your child to color, paint, and/or glitter.
- Another option is to cut out a small shamrock. Twist a shiny green pipe cleaner around a pencil to create a spring. Staple the shamrock to one end of the pipe cleaner and the hat base to the other end. Make 4.
- Cut the strips a little smaller to make hats that go with our ABC Workout!
- Whatever you use this project for, remember to proudly display your child’s masterpiece!
Here is a list of things you can talk about while doing this project with your child:
- Introduce hat as a word that begins with the letter H. During your project you and your child can brainstorm other words that begin with H.
- Talk about the specific holiday or occasion for making the hat.
- If making the Thanksgiving Hat, discuss why we celebrate Thanksgiving, talk about the first Thanksgiving, ask your child to think about things they are thankful for.
- Discuss scissor safety
While working on this project, your child will be practicing the following skills:
- Fine motor (cutting, taping, decoration)
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Imagination and Creation