Recycle a childhood activity by making newspaper hats!
- Your child's head
- Masking or duct tape
- Embellishments:Paint, pom-poms, stickers, ribbons, feathers, glitter, buttons, fabric swatches, gems, the works!
- Scotch tape
- Let your child pick out a section to turn into a hat. The Sunday style section is a smart choice, although the funnies make for a colorful sombrero!
- Have your kid open up three double sheets of the paper.
- Place one sheet on her head. Place another on her head in the opposite direction. And place the third over them, in between the other two.
- Have your child put her hands on top of her paper-covered head and then wrap the tape around your child's head twice.
- Pull the hat off. Have your child mush and roll up the edges and tape with the Scotch tape to create a brim.
- Let your kid pick her favorite color and paint her new fashion statement. Then invite her to decorate the hat with the various embellishments. A pom-pom-festooned rim? A ladies-who-lunch ribbon tied in a bow? Or whatever else she can think of off the top of her head!
- Voilà! Your kid's got a one-of-a-kind headpiece. Now that's one smart hat!
- If only you could assimilate the information in the paper by plopping it on your head. I mean, really, who has time for the news anymore? Unless you get the siblings to do this activity together, leaving mom and dad some time to actually read—or at least skim.