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Hat Mania
Ages 5 to 8
Liven up an old hat with household recyclables.

What You Need
Hats Off!

  • Well-worn hats of all kinds and sizes
  • Ribbons, scarves, and/or yarn
  • Miscellaneous recyclables such as foil, tissue paper, ribbons, yarn, string, buttons, felt and cloth scraps, and natural materials (twigs, leaves, feathers, acorns)
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Sturdy drawing paper
  • Tape
  • Saftey pins
  • Glue and paste

What to Do

  1. Choose a hat you would like to decorate. You don't need a lot of fancy materials. All you need is your imagination.
  2. What materials do you want to use to decorate your hat? Which things go together? Which will look good on a hat? If you'd like to have more decorations, draw some pictures and cut them out.
  3. Pick out the things you've decided to put on your hat. Attach them with yarn, tape, or glue. Be sure to decorate all sides of your hat.
  4. Wear your hat. March around the room wearing it. Show it to everyone.

What Else You Can Do

  • Collect as many hats as you can find. Use them to play a guessing game with friends. Hold up one hat at a time, and have friends guess where the hat might be worn. For example, a football helmet might be worn by a football player in a game. A wool cap might be worn by a skier or by anyone on a cold day. See how many uses you can find for each hat.
  • Create different hats for your friends. Be sure that each hat tells something special about each friend. Put on your own hat and share the hats you made with your friends. March together in a Hat Parade!

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