Thursday, October 11, 2012

Caterpillar Hat {DIY Toddler Project}

I love looking for new, fun crafts to do with Aidan. This cute caterpillar hat is an idea I got from the Houston Children's Museum. They had a much flimsier version as their "craft of the day" when we went a few months ago. 

 

Aidan's took quite a beating from being worn constantly and only lasted a few days. 

So, I decided to make him a sturdier one... and today we're making one for Connor!

Here's what you'll need to get started:

 

  •  Glue gun (or stapler)
  • 3-4 sheets of coordinating craft paper
  • Black sharpie
  • Scissors
Oh, and one of these little goobers....


First, trace the bottom of a glass with your sharpie to create 6 circles. You want 3 circles in two different colors. (This is a great thing for your toddler to help with!)


 Next, draw a caterpillar face. It should be about twice as wide as your circles. I just winged this one. :)


You should now have one caterpillar face and six circles in different colors. Cut out the circles and face.


 Now you need to attach the circles to create his colorful, little body. Just add a dab of glue to one edge of each circle and press on top of another circle.


They should overlap like this. 


Or, if you're using staples, just staple them together so they overlap, like this.


Next, cut a piece of paper in half vertically. Add a dab of glue to the edge of one and press the edge of the other piece together to make one long piece of paper. Wrap it around your little one's head and make a mark as to where it fits just right. Then glue or staple those ends together to create the "hat" part of your caterpillar.

 

Then,  you simply glue/staple the caterpillar's back and front onto the hat piece.


Voila! A fun caterpillar hat for your little one to enjoy!


Some other things your toddler can do to help in addition to tracing include throwing away scraps, "helping" cut out the shapes using safety scissors, choosing which colors they'd  like and drawing on their caterpillar.

Helping clean up!

He wanted to try on Connor's hat, but it didn't fit very well!

Wearing his own hat. :)
 When Connor woke up from his nap Aidan was so excited to show him the hat that we made!


Two little caterpillars!


 
 This is a fun and simple craft that you will have a lot of fun creating with your toddler!

 

Have you done a craft with your little one lately?

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