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In My Grandmother's Garden MUSIC FUN
page 3:
Make a HAT

Fun with making, listening, reading, and writing music

You can make a hat just like Aubyn's in the book - or MAKE up your own!

In this activity, you and your friends can make a hat of yourown and decorate like Aubyn in ‘In My Grandmother’s Garden,’ or decorate it in your own way.

Then, if you like, you can make a portrait of your friend while they make a portrait of you.

Finally, you can use the music from ‘In My Grandmother’s Garden’ to sing a song about your work!

1. To make a hat you will need:

  • scissors
  • full 2 page spread of newspapers
  • coloured paper or tissue paper (pink if you want it the same as Aubyn’s)
  • a sturdy rubber band
  • tape of any kind


  1. Assemble materials above.
  2. Put the newspaper on your, or a friends head.
  3. Pull rubber band over the top until the rubber band stays in place. Adjust up or down according to the size of crown you want.
  4. Tape the rubber band in place.
  5. Fold up the brim of the hat.
  6. Trim the brim into the desired shape
  7. Decorate the hat.
    Of course
    you can decorate the hat as you wish. But ideas include:
  8. Use masking tape to immitate the woven straw in Aubyn's hat. To do this, just pull out strips of tape and tape them in parellel rows over the entire surface of the hat. Then repeat the process at right angles.
  9. Trim and decorate

Links to OTHER IDEAS for hatmaking


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