31 days of unplugged play: newspaper hats

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to make newspaper hats.  (Or construction paper or newsprint or even junk mail taped together into large sheets – use what you have on hand, no pressure and no “right” or “wrong” okay?).

Make hats for your kids, make hats for yourself, make smaller hats for the dolls and stuffed animals if the mood strikes.  Decorate them fancy with glitter and glue and feathers, or leave them simple.  

So, how do you make a newspaper hat?

Follow along and my kids and I will show you!

Folding a Newspaper Hat

  • Take a sheet of newspaper and fold it in half length-wise.
  • Fold two triangles toward the middle of the fold or the vertical crease in the newspaper (similar to making a paper airplane).
  • Fold up the bottom edge that is facing you (make sure you leave a hole between your layers of newspaper) and then fold it again (and possibly one more time, depending on the size of the kiddo you’re making it for).  Tape this fold into place if you’d like for a little stability.
  • Turn the whole thing over and repeat, folding the bottom edge of the other side.
  • If you need, at this point you can adjust the fit by folding in the sides and, again, securing with tape.
  • Open up the newspaper and, ta da!  You’ve made a newspaper hat, you clever thing!

Oh, dear!

Have you noticed that I’m a bit behind on my 31 Days of Unplugged Play series?  October has been a fantastic month, but I’m finding that life off-line is keeps getting in the way of blogging every day, but that certainly isn’t something I’m complaining about!  I promise to keep going until I have 31 days of unplugged play ideas shared with you, if you guys don’t mind having to be just a little bit patient with me (and don’t mind if the series runs a few days into early November).

Just joining us? Find 31 Days of Unplugged Play here.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at KElizabethFleck.com.

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