Activity:

Create a Hawaiian Costume!

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What You Need:

  • String
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Skewer or other sharp, pointy object
  • Dried pasta tubes, such as ziti, penne, or rotelle.
  • Green crepe paper
  • Stapler

What You Do:

  1. To make the lei, measure and cut a piece of string long enough to make a necklace. Be sure that it will be able to easily fit over your child's head.
  2. Help your child cut simple flower shapes, about 2 to 3 inches wide, out of the tissue paper. You'll need a lot, but this should go quickly because the shapes don't have to be exact or intricate.
  3. Ask your child to make piles of the tissue flowers. Encourage her to do it as she pleases, and let her mix colors if she wants.
  4. Take the piles and squeeze the bottom in the center to create the illusion of flower petals. You also might want to slightly crumple the paper.
  5. Then take a skewer and poke a hole in the bottom of each flower.
  6. Have your child string the flowers on with a pasta tube between each one.
  7. When the string is full, tie the ends together in a knot and place it around her neck to show off!
  8. To make the grass skirt, cut a piece of string that's long enough to tie around your child's waist.
  9. Cut strips of green crepe paper that measure from your child's waist to the floor, and are no more than 3 inches wide. Cut enough to go around her entire waist.
  10. Fold the top of each strip over the string and staple it closed. Do this until the string is full of green strips all the way around.
  11. Then tie the string around your child's waist to complete her Hawaiian costume. Put some pineapple juice in a colorful cup, and have yourself a mini-luau!

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