Hat activities give kids the opportunity to be playful and to encourage their creativity and sense of adventure. There are dozens of ways to make hats and games you can play with them. Whether you need activities for a slumber party or a neighbourhood block party, crazy hat games are amusing entertainment for kids of all ages.
Children can make chef hats, then help parents or teachers do some baking or cupcake decorating. Before you get together with children, cut wide sections of construction paper to use as the base of the hats. After children decorate the wide strip of paper with crayons, staple the two ends together creating a circle that will fit around their heads. Take a large piece of tissue paper and glue it all around inside the circle, making a puffy top. Let the glue dry well before having kids place the hats on their heads. Alternatively, you might staple in the tissue paper for impatient children. Ask the children to wear the hats while they decorate the cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles, or make healthy snacks like celery sticks, peanut butter, and raisins.
Hat Fashion Shows
Give everyone in your group a plastic container like a strawberry container or egg carton. Take an egg carton and cut it in half. Bend both sides at a right angle and staple the two together so you have a square. Punch holes in opposite sides of the carton, then push ribbon through the holes to use as a chin strap. Children should glue yarn, faux jewels, and various craft items to decorate the hats. When the hat decorations are complete and the glue has dried, play some music and let the children parade their hats around the room. For extra fun, give children an opportunity to describe their hats and tell the group how they made it. As an added bonus, this recycling project allows you to show kids how to think “green.”
Cat in the Hat
The Dr. Seuss’ story, “The Cat in the Hat” is inspiration for this story. Provide a hat that looks like the one worn by the cat in the story. While wearing the hat, the person selected as the “cat” should hide. Whoever finds the “cat” should join him. This hide and seek continues until all the children are in the hiding place together. After all the children have finished hiding, you should wear the hat while reading the story to the children.
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