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Design a Native American Headpiece

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Updated on May 23, 2013

Encourage your child to reveal her inner actor! She will delight in dressing up as a Native American this Thanksgiving with her very own grandiose garb. All you and your child need to complete this craft are some everyday office supplies! This extravagant looking, yet deceptively easy Native American headpiece will truly get your child into the Thanksgiving spirit. It also makes for a perfect opportunity to check out a book from the library, and educate your child about Native American history and customs.

What You Need:

  • Sheet of manila paper (long enough to fit around your child's head)
  • Measuring tape
  • Colored markers
  • Red, yellow, and blue construction paper (one sheet each)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

What You Do:

  1. Measure around your child's head with measuring tape.
  2. Cut a piece out of the manila paper that is a few inches longer than the circumference of your child's head, and about 3" wide.
  3. Using the colored markers, have her decorate the body of the headpiece with geometric shapes and patterns. If your child wants some suggestions, show her some examples on scrap paper; encourage her to let her creativity shine!
  4.  Have your child draw large feather shapes on the colored construction paper.
  5. Cut these out, giving them jagged, "feathery" edges.
  6. Staple the two short ends of the decorated manila paper together into a circle, with a circumference just slightly larger than your child's head measurement. You want the headpiece to fit on her head comfortably.
  7. Position the feathers on the back of the headpiece so that they stand up vertically behind your child's head. Overlap the bottom sections of the feathers and staple them so that they sit between the back of your child's head and the manila paper. You want them stapled low enough so that they stand on their own, but high enough so that they're visible when looking at your child from the front.

Urge your child to set her imagination loose and put her Native American headpiece to good use! She can write and perform a Thanksgiving poem for your guests, or dream up skits about the first Thanksgiving feast. Try combining this headpiece with a decorative tribal vest for a real head-turner! To dress a complete Thanksgiving cast, your child can construct the Pilgrim Headpiece as well.