Oktoberfest in Germany celebrates the harvest – which ironically end at the end of September. In Germany, celebrations for Oktoberfest are from September until the first weekend in October. In the USA, Oktoberfest is celebrated throughout the month of October (probably so we don’t get confused by the name?). In honor of our German au pairs who are planning the Cultural Connection this month at our business meeting, here is a craft to do with your kids.
In the region of southern Germany known as Bavaria, you’ll often see men and boys in traditional folk hats graced with a feather or an edelweiss, a delicate Alpine flower. Our paper version of these hats offers both.
To make one, fold the green construction paper in half to make it 9 by 12 inches. Fold the two creased corners toward the center to make two 6-inch right triangles, leaving 3 inches at the bottom. Fold each 3-inch flap in half, then fold up again to form the brim. Cut a flower shape out of the white paper, glue on the yellow circle, and glue it to the hat’s brim. To make the chin strap, punch holes on each side of the hat’s brim, string the elastic through, and knot at each end. For a final touch, stick the feather in the fold of the hat.
12 x 18-inch sheet of green construction paper
3 x 3-inch square of white paper
Yellow paper circle, 1 inch in diameter
2 feet of elastic