Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Minute DIY Colonial Cap Dress-up {and Colonial America Study Resources}

We just finished a study of Colonial America.  As is often the case with our history studies, we needed to add simple homemade (and somewhat accurate) dress-ups to our collection.  Here is a very simple colonial cap made using just one sheet of felt and some hot glue.


1 sheet of white craft felt
Hot glue gun and glue


Grab your adorable assistant and future cap-wearer. Have her hold the 9x12" felt lengthwise over her head.

Fold sides over until back of cap is fitted (more or less) against head.

Cut a triangle out of each side of the cap to remove bulk from the folded section.

Hot glue folds in place.  It's probably best to remove the cap from your child's head for this step :)


Let glue cool. Place cap on head and hold in place with bobby pins.

Optional: Pretend to live in colonial times.

Additional Resources:

Scholastic has some incredible resources for a Colonial America/First Thanksgiving unit.  You can tour the Mayflower, receive letters from colonial and Native American children, take a video tour of Plimouth Plantation and much more.

Colonial House:  We loved this PBS reality series about modern people striving to live in a colonial village.  I think we often glamorize the "simple life" and this show allowed us a realistic view of what life would have been like in those times. As of right now, it is not available to stream anywhere online, but our library had it on DVD.  (Advisory note: We watched the whole series and there was only one bit of questionable content. It was a moment of conversation about the difficulty of intimate relationships.  The conversation went right over my 6 year old's head, but it was awkward for my daughter.  I ended up just skipping to the end of the scene, so I don't know how long the conversation lasts.)

Samuel Eaton's Day and Sarah Morton's Day are both excellent books aimed at early elementary aged children.  They are a day in the life look at the lives of colonial children and include everything from what their clothes would have been like to the chores they did, the food they ate, and the cultural expectations for children of the time.

Mayflower 1620 includes beautiful photographs and a detailed history of the Mayflower voyage to the Americas.  

A Journey to the New World: The Diary of Remember Patience Whipple, Mayflower 1620 is part of the Dear America series.  This book is excellent for a read aloud or for independent readers.

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