Make George Washington’s Wig for President’s Day!

Feb 12, 2014

I think anytime you can add a prop or a treasure to a lesson, it makes it so much more concrete for your students. This is one of my “oldie but goody” favorites I dug out from my “archives.”  (Also known as the thirty some tubs of teaching materials I have stacked in my garage!!!)

Cheap and easy, this one starts with a white paper bag.  These I got for FREE from a local restaurant.
It is bigger than a regular lunch sack, about 6″ wide 4-1/2″ deep.

You start by tracing a simple curved hairline along the front. Mine is about 3 inches from the top.

Next, pop it open and continue the hairline around to the sides, dipping down a bit in the back. Cut out your hairline, leaving the back side full.

Cut the back into fringe-like pieces. This will be the back side of your hair. I add a black or navy ribbon,
‘cuz that is how George would have rocked it. Shape the wig by poking in the corners and rounding off the top.

Finally, using the excess scraps make some “curls” by rolling up some of the paper into tubes. Attach to sides.  Voila!  Now you have a powered wig fit for the Constitutional Convention!

Happy President’s Day!



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