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A Spring Bonnet


A Spring Bonnet

[30 Minutes]

Celebrate the coming of spring with a colorful bonnet you and your child can make together!

You'll need:

• two sheets of wrapping paper (22 inches square) • white glue • brush • masking tape • colorful tissue paper (optional) • scissors (ADULT USE ONLY) • assorted decorations: ribbons, silk or dried flowers, tissue paper flowers, feathers

What to do:

  1. Invite your child to brush glue all over one side of a sheet of the wrapping paper. Do not add too much glue.
  2. Help her place a second sheet of paper on top and smooth all over. Colorful tissue paper could be used as the second sheet if you wish.
  3. Place newspaper sheets on top of your child's head and then mold the glued paper around the crown of her head. (Note: be sure that her eyes are not covered).
  4. Wrap long pieces of masking tape around the hat shape while it is still on your child's head in order to create a hat band which will hold the shape of this bonnet.
  5. Carefully remove the hat from your child's head and let it dry overnight. Leave the masking tape in place. You may remove the newspaper.
  6. The next day, trim the brim of the bonnet to a shape your child likes.
  7. Encourage your child to add decorations that will make her bonnet unique.

How to use:

Plan a family parade around the house and invite your child to model her spring bonnet. Take pictures of this memorable moment.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • What is a bonnet and where do you wear it?
  • How did you decorate your bonnet?
  • Did you enjoy this activity? Would you like to make more bonnets?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, this activity helps your child develop small muscle skills, eye/hand coordination, and creativity.

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