What You’ll Need
- Red and white paper
- Glue stick
- Ruler (optional)
1. Cut a 2-inch strip of red paper long enough to fit around your child’s head. Glue the edges together.
2. Cut two strips of paper 1 inch wide and 12 inches long.
3. Fold one strip in half (to 6 inches) and make a 2-inch slit in the center of it.
4. Glue the slitted strip on opposite sides of the headband.
5. Fold the second band in half to make a crease, then unfold it. Lay it crosswise over the first one, and glue the edges to the headband so the crown is divided into quarters. Pull the crease of the top strip through the slit in the bottom strip. Then glue the strips together where they overlap.
6. Cut out a heart from white paper and glue into the center. Decorate the crown with more hearts cut from white paper.
Younger kids: The moment your child puts on this crown, he’s probably going to become the king—of everything! And what do kings do? It’s up to him! Encourage your child to play at being king and what that means to him. He might think kings rescue people, travel around their castle (or house), and create pillow forts. And that’s OK. Support his dramatic playtime. Then later you can introduce words like monarchy and reign.
Older kids: As you make your queen’s crown, use the different pieces of paper to make comparisons and talk about fractions. Ask your child which strip of paper is longer, the one that goes around her head or the one that goes across the top? When you attach the two strips of paper to the headband, talk about how the first strip creates two halves and the second strip turns it into quarters.