We did this fun, simple craftivity after reading the book, Abe Lincoln’s Hat. The only materials you need are items you probably already have in your classroom:
- paper plates
- black construction paper
- black paint and painting supplies
- popcicle sticks
- hot glue gun
This year’s Lincoln project was super easy! I have found that over the years a little prep work ahead of time helps the art session to go smoother (especially if you or your paras might get interrupted by behavior issues).
1. Ahead of time I cut each paper plate into a U shape, and then used a glue gun to adhere a small popsicle stick to it.
2. Kids painted the paper plates black and left them to dry.
3. After they dried, we stapled each plate to a black stovetop hat. And that’s it!!
My students loved their Lincoln hat/masks!!
Super easy and they turned out great!!! Since I teach a self-contained (California calls it SDC) class of kids grades K-3, I end up teaching some kids for up to 4 years in a row! As a result, often I will come up with alternate art activities for a holiday, etc. so kids don’t make the same stuff each year. Click here for last year’s Abe Lincoln craft.