Magic Hat How-To


Investigate environmental conditions of a desert, rain forest, or high mountain peak then design a magic camouflage hat especially for the region.


1. Research the climate, flora, and fauna of areas such as the sun-baked Sahara, green Amazon rain forest, or frigid top of Mt. Everest. Imagine a magical hat that could transport people anywhere and allow them to watch the action there undetected.

2. With Crayola® Scissors, cut out the front and back panels of three large brown paper grocery bags.

3. Cover the work area with recycled newspaper. Spread Crayola School Glue diluted with an equal part of water on one printed panel. Use a small piece of recycled cardboard or a Crayola Paint Brush to spread the glue evenly. Top with another panel, add more glue, and continue alternating until all 6 layers are built.

4. While the panels are still wet, mold the hat over a head-sized bowl (turned upside down), or drape it over your head. Secure the hat shape and size with a large rubber band or masking tape. Stuff the hat with recycled newspaper to dry.

5. Color and decorate the camouflage hat with Crayola Washable Markers, Crayons, and/or Washable paint, Tempera Paint, and Paint Brushes. Glue on camouflage items such as pine cones, sand, or dried grass.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Costumes & Masks— CAUTION: When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks, make sure the crafts do not obstruct the child’s vision, hearing, or impede movement. Do not use feathers, fabric, or raffia on wearable costumes and masks because these items do not pass costume flammability tests. Wearable masks are those held in place on the face with elastic, yarn, or other materials. Keep away from open flames.

Crayola Washable Paints—Not for use as body/face paint.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.


  • Form groups of children who chose similar settings. Write a one-act play about a camouflage adventure. Create large-scale sets and reenact these imagined experiences-wearing the camouflage hats, of course. What a great presentation for an open house.
  • Study how animal markings are used for camouflage (see the Lesson Plan on Hide-N-Seek Animals). This may be especially valuable for children with special needs.
  • Compare different types of headgear worn by world explorers in various periods of history. How have hats changed? How are they similar? Make a hat-fashion timeline.

Related Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

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crayola supplies
  • Paint Brushes
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Washable Kid's Paint
  • Artista II® Washable Tempera Paint
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • recycled newspaper
  • brown paper grocery bag
  • paper towels
  • bowl (optional)
  • container(s) of water
  • masking tape (optional)
  • rubber bands



  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Special Needs


  • Science
  • Visual Arts


  • Multiple Sessions


  • Children examine photographs of various environments and determine how they would dress to go undetected in a selected destination.

  • Students plan, design, and create camouflage hats using colors and shapes that would enable them to roam undetected.


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