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Uncle Sam Hat

Uncle Sam Hat

Turn your kids in their own Yankee Doodle Dandies with this do-together craft that is as much fun to make as it is to wear.

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Uncle Sam Hat

Craft Features

Parent Supervision Needed
This craft requires extra parent involvement and a watchful eye, because it may require sharp tools or intricate handiwork.
Lots for Kids to Do
This craft has plenty of steps kids can do, like tracing, coloring, decorating, and cutting with safety scissors.
Allow for Dry Time
You'll need to allow extra time for glue or paint to dry.

Developmental Skills

Create with Us
Create with us skills involve self-expression, experimentation, and imagination through visual arts (like painting and sculpting), dramatic play, cooking, and dance.
Explore with Us
Explore with us learning encompasses diversity, global cultures and languages, local neighborhood and community, and family roles and traditions.
Ages: 4-6



  1. Step 1

    Print out the <a href="uncle-sam-hat-template.jhtml">Uncle Sam Hat Template</a> and <a href="uncle-sam-hat-band.jhtml">Uncle Sam Hat Band</a>. Choose either the full-color printables or the black-and-white printables that kids can color in themselves.

  2. Step 2

    Use the red crayon to color the paper plate. We used a white paper plate and colored just the top of the plate using the crayon, but you could use a red paper plate instead.

  3. Step 3

    Help kids cut out the templates. Use sticky tape to secure the two hat templates together into a cylinder. Place the cylinder over the center of the paper plate (bottom-side up) and trace the cylinder onto the plate with a pencil. (Parents may want to do this part.)

  4. Step 4

    Parents can use the scissors to poke a hole into the center of the paper plate to get kids started, and then kids can cut out the circle in the middle of the paper plate.

  5. Step 5

    Slide the cylinder of paper through the circular hole from the top. Push the cylinder about 1 inch down through the plate. Place a thin bead of glue along the bottom edge of the paper cylinder and slide the cylinder back up until the bottom of the paper is flush with the bottom of the plate. Allow the glue to dry.

  6. Step 6

    Use glue or sticky tape to attach the hat band to the base of the cylinder. When you're done, your child is ready to march in a July 4 parade or give a tip of the hat to the U.S.A.!

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