What You'll Need
1. Cut ten yellow-paper circles (ranging from 4" to 10"). Cut each circle into a spiral, starting at one edge and cutting toward the center, making spiral about 1" wide (see photo).
2. Wig base: Twist 1 spiral-cut 10" circle inward to make a cap-shaped dome and staple to secure (see photo).
3. Wrap the other circles you cut around a marker. Gently remove marker and hold spiral in place to create a curled shape.
4. Hot-glue one end of each curl to cap. Continue attaching curls until there are enough to cover child's head. Add smaller curls to front.
5. Hot-glue headband to interior of cap.
6. Bow: Accordion fold an 8 1/2"x 11" sheet of paper lengthwise. Cinch at center with a 1 1/2"x 6" strip of folded paper, hot-gluing in place. Glue to top of completed hairpiece.
Tip: Use bobby pins to help keep the headband and wig on your child's head.
What You'll Need
Brown-paper grocery bags, scissors, 6" paper plates, brown paint, paintbrush, glue, colored papers (brown, white, black, and various other colors), hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Optional: paper bowl, 1/4" craft tape, hole punch, paper straw, small ball of Play-Doh
1. Holding bag open, cut a circle about 2 1/2" from bottom to create opening for face (approximately 4 1/2" diameter). Cut away corners at open side of bag to create a rounded chin.
2. Ears: Paint two paper plates brown; let dry. Cut and glue a smaller circle of brown paper in middle of each plate. Cut a line straight to center of plate from exterior. Fold back on either side of cut to create a quarter-circle opening. Use folded-back pieces as tabs to hot-glue to bottom and sides of the bag.
3. Nose: Crumple black construction paper to create ball and hot-glue just above circular face opening.
4. Eyes: Cut 2" white circles for eyes, and glue on smaller colored circles for irises and even smaller black circles for pupils.
5. Use colored paper to further accessorize your bear: mouth, eyebrows, eyelashes, a paper tie, hole-punched collar, etc.
Baby Bear's Propeller Hat
1. Decorate bowl with craft tape. Make a hole in center of bowl with tip of scissors.
2. Cut out 6"-long propeller shape from colored paper; punch hole in center.
3. Push straw through hole in bowl, top with propeller, and place Play-Doh ball on top to finish.
Originally published in the October 2015 issue of Parents magazine.