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Investigate the authentic clothing worn by European immigrants to North America then create historically accurate hats to wear in reenactments.
Research information about the immigrants from cities in Europe who came to the Wampanoag village of Patuxet, Massachusetts in 1620. You will find that the clothing they brought with them was mostly wool and linen, with some leather. These immigrants wore reds, yellows, purples, and greens, as well as blacks and grays. Their hats were simple, with no buckles or bows. Men's hats were usually felt, shaped like an angular bell. The women's hats, called coifs, were gathered circles of linen, which covered their hair.
To create a replica of an authentic Plymouth colonist man's hat with paper maché, tear several long strips of newspaper. Cover a table with more newspaper. Mix equal amounts of Crayola® School Glue and water in a recycled container.
Cover another hat-sized recycled container such as a plastic ice cream tub with a damp paper towel. Dip newspaper strips into the glue mixture, and wipe away the excess. Drape strips over the tub, letting them spread onto the table to make a brim. Cover the entire tub. Use more strips to coat the perimeter and brim of the hat. Smooth out the strips as you go. Dry between each two or three layers. Trim the hat with Crayola Scissors, leaving a broad brim.
To design a lady's coif, crumple a large ball of newspaper to use as a form. Saturate two half-sheets of newspaper with the paper maché glue mixture. Drape the wet paper over the crumpled ball. Secure it in place with string around the outer edge. Dry. Trim the edges in a circle.
Paint both hats with Crayola Tempera Paints and Paint Brushes. Dry.
Reenact your understanding of life in 17th-century Massachusetts while wearing these hats. What other props do you need to portray authentic history? Close adult supervision is required to assure children's safety. When children wear hand-crafted costumes and masks make sure the craft does not obstruct the child's vision or impede movement, and keep away from open flames.
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