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Although it may be a bit early for Easter, this bonnet is a fun way to welcome spring.
We made this craft last year so I don’t have a lot of detailed photos but the instructions are fairly simple.
- paper plate
- paper bowl
- tissue paper
- Easter and spring embellishments (silk flowers, butterflies, etc.)
1. Cut out the center of a paper plate.
2. On either side of the hole in the paper plate, staple a length of ribbon long enough so you can tie them in a bow under your child’s chin.
3. Staple a paper bowl on top of the hole in the paper plate.
4. Covered the now bonnet-shaped paper plate and bowl with glue and tissue paper. Once it is covered, add a thin layer of glue and water (or Mod Podge) to coat the hat.
5. Glue or staple on various spring embellishments.
6. March in an Easter Parade!
Queen of Easter (Ann Estelle Stories): Ann Estelle wants to have the most beautiful bonnet at the Easter parade but her mother buys her a plain straw hat. When a family of birds moves into the hat, Ann Estelle learns to think of others and uses her creativity to turn last year’s hat into a hit. The children love the surprise of the birds nesting in the hat and appreciate that Ann Estelle is resourceful enough to create a unique and beautiful hat from her old bonnet.
- Culture: Why an Easter Bonnet? The custom of making or purchasing new clothes at Easter follows the renewal of spring time. In most traditional cultures, men and women covered their heads–and you can still see examples of this throughout the world and on certain religious occasions. During the Depression in the United States, women could not always afford a new set of clothing but they could manage to add fresh trimmings to their bonnets!
- Culture / Religion: In the Christian tradition, Easter celebrates Jesus conquering death. This coincides with spring, which many cultures see as a time of rebirth and renewal (flowers blooming, hibernating animals awakening). What other cultures celebrate festivals or holidays in early spring?
- Fashion: Older children with an interest in fashion might enjoy delving into the history of the hat. How did hats change to reflect the times?
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