Dramatic play and dress up are a big hit over here at our house. So, I have included some activities for your Lil’ to become a zookeeper. Today we will be making a zookeeper hat that we can wear when we create our pretend zoo.

This activity will work on engineering skills, creative skills and, of course, will prepare your little for some dramatic play. 

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use the phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Visual Art

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, using spatial awareness to coordinate the features of the representation
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Drama

  • Engage in pretend play to represent known and make-believe situations
  • Utilize familiar props for their intended purpose (use the phone to call someone) and invent new purposes for them

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance
  • Use visual arts to represent people, places, and things, with accuracy and detail
  • Explore the use of materials in a variety of different ways

Required Materials

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*Paper Plate

*Paper Bowl

*Washable Paint

*Paint Brush

*Hot Glue Gun

*Scissors

*Yarn

Step #1

Bend the plate in half to make a cut and use that cut to cut out the entire inner circle of the paper plate.

Step #2

Slide the paper plate over a paper bowl.

Step #3

Use hot glue around the seam of the bowl and plate to keep the two pieces together.

We are going to paint this so it’s OK it’s a little messy.

*The hot glue gun should only be used by adults.

Step #4

Use a hole punch to punch holes on opposite sides of the plate close to the edge.

Step #5
Paint your hat however you choose.

I painted one Brown for D, however, Rea chose to go with a beautiful shade of pink for her zookeeper hat.

Step #6

When the paint dries, string a piece of yarn through the holes you created and tie a knot through the hole.

Now you’re Lil’ is ready to explore and take on the role of a zookeeper!

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