How to Craft a Nurse's Hat for Kids

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How to Craft a Nurse's Hat for Kids
The original purpose of a nursing hat was to keep a nurse's hair neatly in place. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Part of the traditional nursing uniform was the nurse's hat, which made nurses easy identifiable. These hats often featured a large red cross on the front. With a couple household items you can create your own nurse hat. Use your hat to create the perfect Halloween costume or for a career day activity for school age children.

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Things you need

  • 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of white construction paper
  • 8.5- by 11-inch sheet of red construction paper
  • Glue stick
  • Red glitter (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fold the white piece of construction paper in half horizontally. Make a firm crease in the paper.

  2. 2

    Bend both sides inward. It should make a triangle at both ends. The hat should now look like a large triangle without the point on top.

  3. 3

    Bend the side ends inward to form another triangle and square off the sides. They should be about 1 to 1.5 inches. You should now see the form of a nurse's hat. With the sides bent inward, the hat should stand up.

  4. 4

    With your scissors, cut an addition sign out of red construction paper. This will become your red cross. Two inches is a good size but it can vary. Decorate the red cross as desired.

  5. 5

    Glue the red cross to the middle of the front side of the hat.

  6. 6

    Attach the hat, using hair clips to secure it Use a hole punch and yarn for shorter hair. Punch holes in the small side triangles and tie yarn to each end.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also cut out a red "N" for nurse or a heart instead of a red cross.

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