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Hi there, Little New-Yorkers! This week, we are beyond excited to be sharing one of our favorite classic children’s books with you: Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats! In this lovely story, Jennie and Ezra show us that, with a little imagination, any small thing can brighten your day and let your creativity shine. Put your artist thinking cap on to design your own beautiful, floral hat inspired by Jennie.
People wear hats for many different reasons and occasions. Check out this sampling of hats from our collection!
When do you think people wore these particular hats? At what point in history and for what occasion?
How do they look different or similar to the hats you wear?
If you could choose one to try on, which one would you choose and why?
Follow along with this post to create your own special hat with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed hat circle and decorations Print (Template 1 & Template 2)
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
- Glue, tape, or stapler
- Optional: cardboard for reinforcing
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in hat circle base and decorations
Use your coloring materials to make your hat your own and let your creativity shine!
STEP 2: Cut out decorations and hat base
Using scissors, carefully cut out the decorations and the circle base for your hat.
STEP 3: Reinforce hat (optional–feel free to skip if using cardstock or heavier paper)
If your hat feels a bit flimsy, simply glue the whole circle to a thin piece of cardboard (here we used a cereal box).
STEP 4: Fold and cut hat
Fold the hat along the dotted line and cut the diagonal lines so that your hat has pointed sections like a crown.
STEP 5: Decorate!
Glue, tape, or staple your decorations all over your beautiful creation and rock your new nature-inspired look!
Feel free to create your own flora-and-fauna-inspired decorations for your hat! Buzzing bees, tulips–anything you can imagine has a home on your hat.
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!