Easter hat parades can be so much fun. I still remember mine, even at this ripe old age! I think an Easter hat needs to be created by the child, but there isn’t anything wrong with helping them with ideas.
This year our Easter hat inspiration has come from nature. We headed out into nature and collected all different types of leaves and we talked about which trees we thought they had fallen from. It was a great exercise to get the kids to look up and pick a tree, look at the leaves on the tree and how they changed once they had fallen and marry the fallen leaves to the trees. It sparked a few questions about why leaves fall, and how trees provide oxygen, all of which got answered of course.
1. Paint leaves in solid colours first and let dry.
2. Follow by adding different designs and colour schemes that worked together then let dry.
3. Cut a strip of cardboard approximately 3 cm wide and lay it out flat.
4. Find the middle of your cardboard band and get the kids to start laying out their painted leaf designs.
5. Starting in the middle, glue down one leaf at a time and work your way out on each side. We used superglue so we were sure they would hold fast. We all know how impatient kids can get!
6. When their Easter Hats are exactly how they would like them, measure and staple each child’s headband individually at the back so it fits snug.
You could even paint the headband or add some other easter fun to the space on the band. All that’s left to do now is wait patiently for the parade! Enjoy!