George Washington's Wig Craft
Your kid will look downright presidential in this getup!
- Wig maker:Your kid.
- A brown paper grocery bag
- A marker
- A piece of black or blue ribbon
- Cut the handles off of the bag (if there are any).
- Then, have your kid lay the bag down, folded side face down, with the open end facing away from him, leaving the smooth side free to write on.
- Help your kid draw a big, thick "L" shape along the edges of the bag, with the bottom of the L running along the bottom edge of the bag. Eyeball the size of your kid's head and make the L-shape a tiny bit bigger than his noggin, because this is going to be the base of his wig. Make the bottom of the L a little thicker and shorter than you normally would when writing the letter.
- Help him cut the L out.
- Open the bag and put the bottom part on his head to check the fit of his new wig.
- Have him trim the length and any stray pieces of paper to make a proper powdered wig shape.
- Next, have your kid slather the paper bag in white glue with a paint brush.
- Then invite him to cover the paper bag in cotton balls to resemble the white curly locks of our first president.
- When he's coated the bag in cotton balls, help him tie a ribbon around the bottom of the "hair" to create a ponytail. We guess the old hippie adage, "Don't trust anyone over 40 who wears a ponytail," didn't apply to good old George W. (as in the first prez, not number 43).
- When the wig is dry, have your kid put it on and&mdashvoila! Watch him turn from your little boy into an esteemed president! (Not that the wig makes much of a difference, 'cause admit it, he's ruled the roost since the day he was born.)
- If your kid is very young and has a small noggin, you may want to use a small brown lunch sack for the wig rather than a big grocery bag.