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Chef Hats

Children love to dress up and role play!  I have always including baking and cooking in my program as a regular weekly or monthly activity. As such, each child makes and decorates a hat to wear each time. Their excitement builds as they go to the shelf to get their hats; they know it’s time to bake!

Here’s a step-by-step on how to make them:

  • Start with a piece of white bristol board. Fold it into bands, I can get eight strips out of one piece (see picture).
  • Cut out the headbands for younger children and provide materials for them to decorate their hat. Have the kids put their names on so they can recognize their own later.
  • Glue a piece of white tissue to the headband.
  • Measure each child and staple the band together.
  • Bunch the tissue paper up at the top, and presto.. a hat! Keep it pretty tall — the kids love the exaggerated hat.

The kids can use their hats for all the baking activities you do.

1. Fold and cut strips

2. Glue tissue to band

3. Staple band to size

4. Scrumple top

3 comments to Chef Hats

  • Melissa

    These look like a lot of fun, and I think my little ones and my daycare kids will love this craft….not to mention the yummy things we can bake while wearing them! I think we will try these this week!

  • Deb

    Thanks! It’s nice to get feedback on which activities people like. Let me know how it goes!

  • Melissa

    Finally got around to making these today. The kids really enjoyed it, and the result was very cute. Terrific addition to making a chocolate cake today!

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