Here is one of the cheapest children's craft projects that I know of. I learned about the newspaper captain's hat
from that old favorite book, Curious George
and The Man in the Yellow Hat. By following the instructions provided in that book, my brothers and I made many a hat which fueled many hours of imaginative fun.
I found some of the best and easiest to understand instructions for the newspaper hat project have already been provided by our friends over at Instructables
, so rather than taking up valuable Internet resources by rehashing the project, I shall direct your attention to their fine site. Please also note that they provide a link to other folded paper hat designs. You and your child can have hours of fun creating these hats and building fun stories around them.
Folded paper hat making can also be a great project to keep children busy on rainy days or at birthday parties. Paper hats are easy and fun to make and are even more fun to decorate. The basic hat design can also be taken in several other directions, it can be adapted to make a boat, a basket or even a bassinet for a little baby doll.
Use your hands and imagination, and engage your child's mind in imaginative play. The art of paper folding is called origami and is as old as paper itself. Origami
is very much an art form which involves planning, focus, continuity of thought, dexterity and patience and can be very healthy exercise for a child's developing mind.