Safari Hat Craft for Preschoolers

Practice fine motor skills with your little learners while making this adorable Safari Hat Craft for Preschoolers. Not only is it the perfect way to introduce your next safari theme, but preschool safari crafts are also great for adding some dramatic play into your homeschool or classroom.

collage of safari hat craft images with text: Quick & Easy Safari Hat Craft for PreschoolersThis week, we’re Getting Ready for Safari, which means learning about topics such as Passport, Packing Up, Game Reserve, Safari Vehicles, and Safari Safety. Today, we’re focusing on getting ourselves packed and ready to go!

preschooler painting cardstock safari hatThis post may contain affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if an item is purchased through one of these links.  For more information, please see my full disclosures.

A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

preschooler collaging tissue paper onto cardstock safari hatThe first thing on our list for today was answering the question, “What would you pack for a trip?” Open-ended questions like this one are a great way to encourage communication skills.

preschooler painting cardstock safari hat craftAfter that, we got busy making our safari hats. We used cardstock and tissue paper along with paint. Then, we added paper strips to make a headband. When we were finished, we pretended to go on a safari.

preschooler collaging tissue paper onto cardstock to make safari hat craftSafari Hat Craft for Preschoolers

What you’ll need

  • Tissue Paper
  • Paper Hat & Strips
  • Glue
  • Crayons
  • Mirror

Here’s how to do it


  • How do hats protect your head? Explain that the weather in the African savanna is very hot. There are only two seasons: a dry season and a wet season.


  • Set out the paper hats, tissue paper, crayons, and glue.
  • Invite children to create a hat for the hot, dry season or the wet, rainy season.
  • Talk about reasons people may sometimes wear hats, e.g., personal preference, safety, or weather.


  • Take turns looking in a mirror. Which hats are similar? Which are different?


  • Does the child demonstrate an understanding that all people have similar needs?
  • Does he or she demonstrate or verbalize preferences during the activity?

preschooler's cardstock safari hatThis is such a quick and easy activity! We love to paint, but you could use crayons or markers instead. Either way, your preschoolers will have a great time making their very own safari hats to use during your safari preschool theme!

preschooler's safari hat craftDon’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our safari theme from Experience Preschool!

collage of safari hat craft images with text: Quick & Easy Safari Hat Craft Painting for Kids