I love paper. It's versatile and easily adapted to a variety of tasks. Last year, to get the kids in the spirit of the Fourth of July we crafted ourselves a milliner's dream: 8 Yankee Doodle paper hats. Okay, they aren't technically a true period piece, but the kid's didn't mind.
As we whistled the tune, here's what we did:
We fashioned a simple paper hat from old newspaper. Luckily, I spent a lot of Saturdays with my Grandparents and my Grandmother could fashion the best boats and hats from the Omaha World Herald. I am including a tutorial link at the bottom, just in case you need it. We made large hats taping sheets together, but you can make them any size.
After our hats were formed and an impromptu lesson on Benjamin Franklin with a little Revolutionary newspaper history under our belts- I let the children delve into red, white, and blue paint. They had a lot of print to cover, but they had fun. If you use tempera paints, add a drop or two of dish soap to ease cleanup!
When the paint dried, we completed our hats with a feather. Nobody named theirs "Macaroni", but we had a few Freds, Plumes, Bluey, etc. Did you know the term "macaroni" was referring to a hairstyle?
The kids sported their hats all day! It is a simple, cheap craft perfect to celebrate a patriotic holiday.
Bring on the fireworks, picnics, and Revolution specials on the History Channel...
Places you might enjoy:
- How to Make Paper Hats
- History of the song "Yankee Doodle"
- More History of the song "Yankee Doodle"
- Benjamin Franklin Information