Abraham Lincoln's Hat Activity

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Updated on Apr 25, 2016

The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln is well-known to most Americans. The fortitude with which Lincoln fought the Civil War, the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the optimism of his ideas for reunification place him alongside our greatest presidents. Possibly the best-known aspect of Abraham Lincoln’s image is that of his top hat, in which it is said he often carried legal papers and letters. With this Abe Lincoln hat craft, you'll give your little patriot an opportunity to assemble a stovepipe hat in honor of our sixteenth president. It's easy to do, and once your hat is completed your kid can share it with friends and family.

What You Need:

  • 7-inch paper plate
  • Black paint or marker
  • 2 sheets of black, 9" x 12" construction paper
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Paint or color the paper black. Allow it to dry.
  2. Cut out the center of the plate, leaving an outside rim about two inches thick for the brim of the hat.
  3. Place two sheets of construction paper side by side vertically so that the longest sides of the paper are touching. Tape or glue them together.
  4. Cut half-inch slits along the bottom of the construction paper, about one inch apart.
  5. Roll up the construction paper so that the two remaining sides touch, and glue or tape them together so that you have a long, cylindrical tube.
  6. Fold the slits out at a 90-degree angle.
  7. Place the tube, slit-side down, on top of the plate and glue it down. You may find it helpful to weigh the tube down with several sheets of paper in order to allow the glue enough time to dry.

This activity adapted from The Civil War Kids 150: Fifty Fun Things to Do, See, Make and Find for the 150th Anniversary.

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