Ideas for Crazy Hair Day at School

Updated April 17, 2017

Crazy Hair Day events promote the joys of reading and are based on the children’s book "Crazy Hair Day" by Barney Saltzberg. Since the first event in San Diego in 2004, numerous community organisations have organised local and regional literacy campaigns to celebrate reading. Children and adults attending these events sport crazy hairdos. If you’ve got a Crazy Hair Day on the horizon, think out of the box about your crazy hair look.


Talk about having a bad hair day! The mythical Greek character, Medusa, was once a beautiful goddess with long, flowing hair. Medusa was turned into a female monster when she angered the goddess Athena. Athena turned Medusa’s beautiful flowing hair into a head of writhing snakes and turning anyone who dared look at her instantly into stone.

Marvel Comics resurrected Medusa as one of its characters in the Fantastic Four. Young readers may be more familiar with this Medusa, so the original might spur a need to read as well as be a hit on Crazy Hair Day. To do Medusa, buy a number of rubber snakes from a five-and-dime store and sew or hot-glue them onto a plastic shower cap. Slitheringly gruesome fun.

Rag Mop

Raggedy Ann and Andy were favourite childhood story characters and lovable rag dolls from a bygone reading era. With their trademark white-and-red coveralls and aproned dress, the dolls were owned and played with by both boys and girls. Perhaps more than their clothes, the two had thick spirals of yarn for hair.

You can do a yarn do for Crazy Hair Day by removing the fabric tail from a common household mop. Make sure the mop head is new, or it might look like you need a shampoo. Secure the top of the mop with a rubber band and then cut fringe or cut the rag mop to a Dutch Boy for boys or braid long plaits for girls.


Rapunzel was a fairy tale character who had superlong and superstrong locks. So long was Rapunzel’s hair that a prince was able to use Rapunzel’s let-down hair as rope to scale the walls of the tower in which she was imprisoned and rescue her. Do Rapunzel by using super glue to affix large-diameter hemp rope available from hardware stores to a shower cap or skull cap. Be sure to buy extra yardage so the hair with a little Prince hanging on can trail behind you.

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About the Author

Marla Currie has written professionally since 1995. She is editor and publisher of The Urban Shopper, an online magazine whose consumerist content is targeted to Black and Latino females. In addition to short fiction, Currie is author of "The Humours of Black Life," a nonfiction work. She has a master's degree in advertising.