Maebelle’s Suitcase

by Tricia Tusa

readability 2, read aloud kindergarten

One-hundred-and-eight-year-old Maebelle makes a lot of hats, and every year she looks forward to entering her town’s hat contest. This year, though, with the help of her friend Binkle and his suitcase, a very original entry is created. A charming story that emphasizes the rewards of cooperation and friendship.

Make a your own hat.

What you need:

  • a variety of shapes cut out of a variety of coloured construction paper
  • sparkles
  • pipe cleaners
  • crepe paper
  • tagboard
  • glue
  • scissors
  1. Make a base for the hat with a strip of tagboard. Wrap it around your head and pull on both ends until it is comfortable. Staple the ends together.
  2. Get another strip of tagboard and staple one end to the front of the base (where your forehead will be if you put it on)and staple the other end to the back of the base.
  3. Start gluing on the material provided on the tagboard strips and try different ways that they can be placed on (overlapped, folded, curled, etc..). It would be nice if there was a 3 dimensional effect to the hat.
  4. Let dry.