Paper Bag Hat Activity

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Updated on Jul 12, 2011

The sun is strong during the summer, and your child can stay cool and safe by making a fun paper bag sun hat! And, she’ll repurpose an old paper bag, learning more about how things created for one thing can be changed into something else!

What You Need:

  • A brown paper bag
  • String
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Start by inviting your child to find a brown paper grocery bag to repurpose for this fun art activity.
  2. Now she can begin by cutting the handles off the bag and turning it inside out so any writing is now on the inside of the bag.
  3. Invite your child to begin shaping the paper bag into a hat shape by folding and crumpling the paper bag. You can offer a helping hand by holding the bag on your child’s head and then using a length of string to create the perfect fit.
  4. Now your child can continue crumpling and folding the edges of the bag to create the perfect summer sun hat!

Did You Know: the first paper bag was patented in 1852 by a gentleman named Francis Wolle. The machine he created was the first of its kind, and gained popularity all over the world!

Sarah Lipoff has a K-12 Art Education degree and enjoys working with kids of all ages.