Jesters were employed by European royalty to tell jokes and provide entertainment. Help your child learn more about this historical figure as she makes her very own jester hat. She'll have fun designing her own hat, and when she's all done, encourage her to use it in dramatic play. Engaging in dramatic play is a great way for her to use her imagination and learn how to express her creativity.
What You Do:
- Cut corrugated paper into a long strip, 24” long and 3” wide, for the headband.
- Draw the outline of a jester hat on the reverse side of a piece of corrugated paper and have her cut it out. For some tips on what jester hats looked like, check out some books at the library, or do an online search. They usually have three tips and are very floppy and colorfully decorated.
- Encourage your child to decorate the hat with construction paper or wrapping paper.
- Help her cut out several diamond shapes from shiny paper or foil and glue them on the hat in whatever design she wants.
- Have her to glue a pompom ball on each hat tip, and glue her choice of trim (yarn, ribbon, or rickrack) to the bottom edge of the hat.
- Glue or staple the headband to the hat.
- Staple the headband to fit the size of her head, and the hat is all done! Now, have her go look in the mirror so she can see how she looks with her new, fancy hat.
When she's all done, encourage her to use her imagination and play pretend. She can pretend to be the jester, and tell jokes and act silly, or she can lend you the hat so you can entertain her while she pretends to be the queen. This is a great way to help her use her imagination, and she'll have a lot of fun doing it!
Adapted with permission from "The GIANT Encyclopedia of Kindergarten Activities." Copyright 2004 by Kathy Charner (Editor), Maureen Murphy (Editor), and Jennifer Ford (Editor). Used by Permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.