Daddy Hairdo

My name is Francis Martin. I am an author and an illustrator. Sometimes I write stories and sometimes I draw stories and sometimes I do both at the sametime. We are going to have a fantastic day based on my story all about different hair styles.

Daddy Hairdo

Daddy Hairdo is a story that I wrote. Sometimes the best stories are based on real events.

When my daughter was at nursery it would be up to me to help her get ready, as I had just got back from working a night shift. I would help her get ready and then the last thing I would do would be getting her hair ready. Every day I would try something new: Pigtails, ponytails, plaits. I was inspired by the wild hairdos of history. Eventually it got back to me that the nursery nurses had christened my creations ‘Daddy Hairdos’.

Enjoy Listening to the story together and talk about your favourite hairdos from the book.

Create Your Own Hairdos

The second activity is inspired by those crazy hairdos from the court of Marie Antoinette. In those days the hairdos almost touched the ceiling and some ladies needed a servant to hold up their creations with a stick. The men weren't left out; they shaved off their real hair and put on wigs that flowed down past their shoulders.

When my daughter was at nursery it would be up to me to help her get ready, as I had just got back from working a night shift. I would help her get ready and then the last thing I would do would be getting her hair ready. Every day I would try something new: Pigtails, ponytails, plaits. I was inspired by the wild hairdos of history. Eventually it got back to me that the nursery nurses had christened my creations ‘Daddy Hairdos’.

Enjoy Listening to the story together and talk about your favourite hairdos from the book.

Plaits

This activity just needs three ribbons. It is great if you can find three different colours.

We are going to make a plait. I love doing this as it's so satisfying seeing the patterns emerging, especially if you have different colours.

This activity supports children’s fine motor skills and creativity.

Make a Beard

This activity is based on Edward Lears limeric: ‘There was an Old Man with a Beard.’ It is about a man whose beard becomes a home for quite a variety of birds.

You will need cardboard, a pritt stick, a marker pen and a pair of scissors. This activity supports children’s creativity, communication and language and expressive arts and design.

Extension

1. Can you think of some more amazing hairdos, maybe for your toys?

2. Can you name these wonderful hairdos?

3. Read the poem all about hair.

 

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