By Craig Fuchs
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own mermaid tail party hat and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This June we are celebrating Pride Month and the vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ community with some of our favorite books!
This week, we are inspired by the book Julián Is a Mermaid written by Jessica Love. This book tells the story of Julián, a little boy who dreams of becoming a mermaid, and with the help of his abuela, he makes it all the way to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Today you can create your own mermaid party hat so you can be a mermaid too!
Download and print the mermaid party hat template.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Tape or glue
- String or ribbon
- Hole punch (optional)
* 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 the Mermaid Party Hat Template
To start, use markers, colored pencils, or crayons to color your mermaid tail party hat. Don’t forget the tail piece too! What kind of mermaid do you want to be? Mermaids can of course be any combination of colors, so go wild and use your imagination! Will you be all the colors of a coral reef? Or are you from a deep, dark, spooky part of the sea? Maybe even a space alien mermaid, the choice is yours!
STEP 2: Cut Out Your Mermaid Party Hat Template
Now it is time to cut out your colorful pieces! Carefully cut along the black lines around your hat piece and the tail piece (be sure to only cut the outside edges, leaving the two tabs on the side of the hat attached). Once completed, you will have two pieces.
STEP 3: Cut the Dashed Lines on Your Hat Piece
Carefully cut the dashed lines on the two tabs of your hat piece. Be sure to stop where the dashed lines end, so you don’t cut the tab off. One tab has the dashed line going down from the top, and the other has the dashed line going up from the bottom.
Repeat this with the two dashed lines coming down from the top center of the hat piece. Once again, make sure you stop where the dashed lines end!
STEP 4: Roll and Secure Your Hat Piece
Now roll your hat piece into a cylinder, with the colored side on the outside. Then, slide the two tabs at the back into each other, using the slits you cut in the last step.
Now use your tape or glue to attach the two tabs to each other. You can put glue on each of the tabs before you slide them into each other, or use a piece of tape to secure them. (If you’re using glue, hold the tabs together and count to ten to make sure they stick!)
STEP 5: Attach the Tail Piece to Your Hat
Slide the tail piece into the two slots you cut in step 3 at the top of your hat piece. Then, use tape or glue to secure the tail piece. You can add glue to the back of the tab before you slide in the tail piece, or use a piece of tape on the inside of the hat piece, just like in the last step.
STEP 6: Punch Holes in the Hat Piece
Locate the two black dots on the sides of the bottom of the hat. Using your hole punch, make a hole right on those dots. (Note: if you don’t have a hole punch, ask an adult to help you punch a hole using a pen or pair of scissors.)
STEP 7: Cut and Attach Your String
You’re almost done! Now cut out two pieces of string or ribbon, each about 12 inches long
Now take one of those pieces and tie it to one of the holes you punched in the last step. Then, repeat with the other string on the other hole.
STEP 8: Turn Yourself Into a Mermaid!
Put the hat piece on your head and tie the two pieces of string together under your chin. Now you’re ready for the world famous Coney Island Mermaid Parade!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!