December 31, 2013

Happy New Year Hats: Art at the Daycare

Happy New Year Hats

Monday was art day for the Explorers and Toddlers (ages 12-24 months) at Cornerstone Child Development Center. A few weeks ago, the children made Cone Shaped Jingle Bells from paper cones. This week we used a larger cone shape to make Happy New Year Hats like the one you see above.


  • When I held up the paper we were going to decorate for our hats, we noticed it looked like a circle with a bite out of it.

  • Some of the children pretended to take a bite out of their circle.

  • I had already prepared a rectangular Happy New Year decoration for their hats.  I used Photoshop, but similar results could be obtained by using the drawing/painting program that comes with your computer.

  • I put glue on the back of the decoration, and the children placed it on their papers.  They pat-pat-patted to ensure a good seal.

  • Then I squeezed out more glue, which the children covered with construction and tissue paper bits.

  • Some children put the paper bits on one at a time.

  • Others worked with handfuls of paper.

  • Still others preferred to dump all at once.

  • Once the paper bits were glued on, I stapled each hat into a cone that was specially fitted to the owner's head.

  Now everyone has a hand-made hat to wear during their New Year's celebration.

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