Here's a creative way for kids to play out Thanksgiving scenes and learn about the Mayflower with a paper bonnet. Plus you'll have some cute pilgrims running around! Reader H. Marie explains how to make a girl's pilgrim bonnet using a piece of paper and a few other supplies. This project is great for kids ages five and up and takes about 15 minutes (plus drying time). You can modify the craft to suit other ages and skill levels. For young children, you handle the cutting, and the kids can glue and tie.
- 12' x 18' piece of white paper
- White ribbon
Fold the piece of paper in half the long way, then unfold it so you can see the crease. Now fold up one side of the paper so the edge is even with the crease (folded up along the dotted line on the image). Cut two slits on the other side of the crease, evenly spaced as shown in the image. They should extend almost all the way to the center crease.
Now poke a hole on each end of the folded half of the paper portrayed by the dots on the image. Cut two pieces of ribbon about 15-inches long, and tie one end of each ribbon to the hole you poked. The folded section will be the front/brim area of the hat and you can tie the ribbons under the chin or leave them hanging at the side of the head.
Notice the "+" sign on the 3 flaps created by the slits you cut in the other half of the paper. Bring the two outside flaps together under the middle flap -- imagine lining up all the +'s in the image.
Staple these three together to form your finished bonnet!
Pilgrim Clothing: Fun Facts for Kids
Here are some interesting facts to share and discuss with kids as you're crafting a bonnet:
- Women wore bonnets, called coifs and biggins, in order to keep their hair clean.
- During the summer women wore straw hats to protect them from the sun, but they wore them over their bonnets!
- Generally, women's hats were actually copied from men's hats.
- Girls wore ankle-length full skirts in a color similar to what their mother wore.
- Women commonly wore capes.
- Women's shoes mirrored styles worn by men, with low heels and round toes. However, stylish women wore shoes made of silk or brocade fabric.