This is a quick, simple and fun kids’ craft that takes very few supplies from your bag but leaves room for loads of imagination. My favorite crafts are the ones that don’t require many step by step instructions because you get to make them YOUR way! And, this as you know, is a priority for most little ones. I think the first sentence my boys learned was “I do it”. So, be careful not to take over. Once the beanie is formed, there is really no wrong way to do this craft. Let your kids be kids.
SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- Paper plate (9-inch coated)
- Stapler with staples
- White yarn
- Hole punch
- 2 pony beads
- Miscellaneous items from your craft bag to decorate your beanie
It is my goal to see more families crafting together…for so many reasons. But mostly because it is just so much fun! And, in order to do that, it needs to require less prep and be an easy activity to “go to” at a moment’s notice, whenever you find those rare found moments of life. To make creating with your kids’ do-able, fill your bag in advance (using the free printable shopping list or Amazon links HERE). Half of the items you probably already have in your house right now. It is just a matter of collecting them together. Once your craft kit is together, you can just pull it out and pick any craft on this blog. And I mean ANY craft. (With more crafts being added all the time!)
- First, cut a slit from the outside of the plate to the center
- Next, overlap the plate at the slit by about 1-2 inches
- Last, secure with a staple or 2
This is a great activity for kiddos who are just learning to use scissors and have mastered snipping, ready to move onto cutting a line (even if they can’t stay on the line). If you want them to try to cut on a line, draw a nice wide line boldly on the under side (so that it won’t be seen). Or you can allow them to cut a line that is not drawn (with a little bit of guidance), until they get to the middle. It does not have to be perfectly straight, but it does not to be stopped before the plate is cut in half and a hat is no longer possible. Oops. To avoid this, I usually say a mantra like “take your time, take your time, take your time and stop” (said in a slow, rhythmic way).
- Decorate the beanie however you would like
- You can use tissue paper and glue, pompoms, paint, markers, glue on beads, washi tape, crayons…you get the idea. No 2 beanies should look alike. Just dig into your bag and go wild. Use your imagination and make it your own!
- Punch a hole on each side of the beanie
- Put a piece of white yarn, approximately 8 inches long, through the holes on each side and tie, trimming off the excess
- String a pony bead onto the end of each string
I would love to see your finished beanie…I bet yours is so awesome! Send pics and stories of your creative adventures to firstname.lastname@example.org. With you permission, we will add it to our community gallery so that others can be inspired to create too! Happy crafting!