It is never too early to teach children about the hard work police officers do to protect them on a daily basis. Crafting a police officer's hat is an activity you can do with just one, or a large group of young children to honour the men and women in uniform. While working on it, discuss with them the duties a police officer has, tell them how to contact an officer in case of an emergency, and ask them if they have and questions. This craft also works as an easy addition to a police officer costume.
Measure the head of the child who will be wearing the police hat.
Cut a band out of black card stock that measures two inches wide, and the length of your child's head, plus an additional 125 mm (5 inches). If you are doing this exercise with a large group and would like to cut the bands out ahead of time, make them 50 mm (2 inches) wide and 550 mm (22 inches) long.
After printing the hat template, trace the shape onto the blue card stock. You may also draw the shape of the police hat free hand.
Cut out the police hat.
On the yellow card stock, draw a star large enough to fit onto the front of your police hat, and write the letter "P" in the centre of the star.
Cut out the star.
Assemble the police hat by gluing the star into the centre of the hat, and the hat to the middle of the band.
Wrap the band around your child's head, find the place where the two ends of the band meet and glue them together with enough slack that the child can slide the hat on and off.
As a variation, exchange the blue card stock for the colour of your local police department.
Things you need
- Yellow card stock
- Black card stock
- Blue card stock
- Hat template