Friday, April 17, 2009

Crazy Hair Day


Yesterday, Please Touch Museum celebrated Crazy Hair Day!

In our Program Room, visitors checked out our Crazy Hair Salon where they tried on funky wigs, hair clips, ties, and other materials to design their own contorted coif!

Crazy Hair Day is based around the book by the same name, by author and illustrator Barney Saltzberg. In Crazy Hair Day, Stanley Birdbaum wakes up early one fine morning because he can’t wait for Bald Eagle Elementary School’s Crazy Hair Day celebration. With some hair gel and rubber bands and coloring spray, Stanley makes himself into a living work of art. Stanley is so excited when he gets to class and his teacher announces to everyone that Crazy Hair Day is officially…scheduled for next week! And today is actually school picture day! Stanley is so embarrassed that he retreats into the boy’s bathroom and refuses to come out. That is, until his best friend Larry Finchfeather convinces him that the rest of the class has a surprise for him that may make this the best Crazy Hair Day yet.

Crazy Hair Days are commonly hosted by schools across the country as special events to galvanize school spirit and display community among the student body. For young children, it is a great way to foster creativity by allowing children to experiment with manipulating their self-image in a fun way.

There are also plenty of ways to celebrate Crazy Hair Day at home. Use any materials you can think of, from pipe cleaners and combs to aluminum foil and egg crates. Allow your child to be completely free and creative with their decorating and even join in and have fun cracking up together in front of a mirror. Reading Barney Saltzberg’s book and making your own crazy hair fun is a unique way to create a special reading experience for a child.

You can find more about Crazy Hair Day at Barney Saltzberg’s website.

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