For Little Friends

By Edith E. Cutting

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    Hats *

    To make hats for plays or Halloween costumes—or just for fun—you will need: lightweight cardboard or newspaper; scissors; glue, tape, or stapler; and any optional materials that you choose.

    Crown

    1. 1.

      Cut 4″ (10 cm) strip of cardboard long enough to go around child’s head and overlap at least 1 1/2″ (3.8 cm).

    2. 2.

      Cut scallops along one edge of headband. (Measure scallops with overlap held in place before cutting to be sure design will be symmetrical.)

    3. 3.

      Draw on designs with crayons or colored markers, or decorate with beads, buttons, gold or silver braid, etc.

    4. 4.

      Glue, tape, or staple overlap.

    Indian Headdress

    1. 1.

      Cut 2″ (5 cm) strip of cardboard long enough to go around child’s head and overlap at least 1″ (2.5 cm); glue, tape, or staple overlap.

    2. 2.

      Draw feather pattern and use it to make enough cardboard feathers to attach around headband.

    Clown Hat

    1. 1.

      Fold sheet of newspaper—about 12″ x 24″ (30.5 cm x 61 cm)—in half; cut out quarter circle (see illustration), then open into half circle.

    2. 2.

      With rounded edge at bottom, roll into cone that is just a little larger at bottom than child’s head.

    3. 3.

      Glue, tape, or staple overlap, then tuck under edge where bottom edges don’t meet; glue, tape, or staple tucked edge.

    4. 4.

      Optional: Paint with bright colors; affix cotton balls, bells, ribbons, stickers, etc.

    1.   *

      Needs older person’s help

    Scarecrow

    Pumpkin head
    With toothy grin;
    Old straw hat
    With ragged brim—
    Cornstalk arms
    That fray and twist;
    Gloves that droop
    From cornstalk wrist—
    Pants all patched
    With rags and things
    And tied on tight
    With apron strings—
    Straw-filled friend,
    The birds all know
    That you won’t hurt
    A single crow!

    Vampire Eyes (Ice) Cubes

    Grape juice or cranberry juice

    Seedless green grapes

    Muffin tins

    1. 1.

      Half-fill muffin-tin cups with juice; freeze until slushy (about 1 1/2 hours).

    2. 2.

      Push grape into center of each cup; return to freezer until solid.

    3. 3.

      Remove Vampire Eyes by floating tin in warm water, then overturning on clean cloth or paper towel.

    4. 4.

      Put one or two Eyes in each glass, then fill with more juice.