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Friday, October 28, 2011

Simple Indian Headdress Craft

This is a simple and fun!

All you need is:
1 Brown paper grocery bag
scissors
pencil
Paint
paintbrushes
stapler
tape
white or light colored paper

We're learning all about Indians right now in History. Making a headdress is a fantastic way to bring history to life. My little guys loves hands on learning! There are so many possibilities outside of the textbook!


Gather your paint.



I love to reuse produce trays for paint trays. Works great!

Cut the bottom out of your grocery bag to make one long sheet of paper, then cut strips for the headband in desired thickness.

Decorate the the headband however you like. No strict guidelines on this activity! We looked at pictures online and in our textbook of real headdresses to get inspiration.





Then we used white paper to trace patterns of feathers with pencil, then painted them in.

We just made lots of different feathers in lots of different colors. I thought paint was better for this than crayon or marker.

They might not be the most historically accurate headdresses out there, but they were fun to make!

Let your painted feathers dry and cut them out.


Fit the headband to fit your child's head.
Staple and cover staples with tape for safety.
Glue the dry feathers into the inside of the headband, and walah!

We learned that each feather represents a mark of bravery or accomplishment in battle or hunting. They had to be earned. Like Boy Scouts or Awana badges.
Interesting, no?


Hang on to these and wear them at the dinner table for Thanksgiving!






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4 Comments:

At October 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger MiMi said...

Those are cute! And I actually have the stuff to do it! My boys would love to make them...I'm gonna have to remember this post. :)

 
At October 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Blogger becca said...

what a great activity

 
At October 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM , Blogger Janet Rose said...

Those are great! My boys have made some before in preschool, but we may just have to make some more again this year. I like the idea of painted feathers...those do look better than the ones we've made with crayon before. Thanks for posting!

 
At October 30, 2011 at 3:15 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

Such a great post! I need to keep this in mind for when my little guy is older and can be trusted with makers and glue! ;)

 

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