Because if you don’t look good…we don’t look good.
We read The Hair Scare by Jeffrey Fisher (Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2006). Radbert has a talent for cutting hair, and his styles are simply amazing. Soon, the king comes knocking, demanding the best haircut of all time. Radbert delivers, but it is NOT to the king’s liking. He royally decrees that there will be no more haircuts, triggering a slew of shaggy dos, unkempt tresses, and general hair sadness. The king once again seeks out Radbert. Once again he asks for a haircut. But when the haircut is revealed and the moment of truth arrives, the haircut takes matters into its own hands!
- 1 plastic top hat (I bought mine from Oriental Trading Company).
- A selection of 12″ x 18″ construction paper
- A selection of 9″ x 12″ construction paper
- A selection of craft ties
- A selection of sparkle stems
- A selection of foil star stickers (optional)
- A selection of ribbon
- Markers and unsharpened pencils for curling.
- Scissors and tape for construction
We prepped the 12″ x 18″ construction paper in advance by fringing it lengthwise to create long locks. We used “natural” hair colors: black, brown, red and yellow. For more daring dos, I stocked up on smaller sheets of construction paper in multiple colors.
In addition to the construction paper, I offered craft ties, sparkle stems, ribbons, and star stickers to add flair. The craft ties worked especially well as barrettes and headbands. I also brought out the Bling Bin for extra touches.
To make your hair more wig-like, I would recommend cutting the brim off your plastic hat. This does, however, make it more wobbly. If the wobble is going to be a problem, leave the brim on (or wait until the very end to cut it off).
Before we got started the project, I gave the kids four quick “style” tutorials. Namely, the hair poof, the mohawk, the crimp & curl, and the crown.
1) THE HAIR POOF
Fringe a length of construction paper, and tape it to the front of the hat.
Bunch the ends together at the top…
Then tape it on the top of the hat.
Fringe two pieces of construction paper (I used contrasting colors to make it easier to see in the example).
Tab the bottom of each fringe, then tape the tab to the top of the hat. The tab of both fringes should be pointing outward, causing the fringes to lean in and support each other.
To add body and texture, employ the crimp & curl! Basically, this involves folding or curling the fringe strands. An accordion fold (i.e. folding the paper back and forth in squares) produces a nice crimp. Curls are produced by wrapping the fringe around a marker or pencil. Markers create long curls, pencils create tight curls.
Since there was a king in the book, I offered a construction paper crown option with large gemstones available through the magic of hot glue. Attach optional mustaches, beards, and goatees to face with foam mounting tape.
After the tutorials concluded, the kids took off running…or styling really. Check out some of these amazing dos!
The sleek “Band with Bows”
The “Crimped and Casual” (very popular with shark and dragon wranglers this year).
The “Gravity-Defying Ponytail” and “King Gleaming Locks”