THIS is the hat that won FIRST PLACE in the Awana Crazy Hat contest at church last week.
THIS is the girl to whom the idea occurred to use cicada castoffs on her hat and who spent only a very little time collecting their exoskeletons (science lesson!).
We just witnessed the Magicicaida Brood I emergence....of 17-year cicadas. Fascinating. If you click on that link you can scroll down to a recording of the sound with which we've been deafened for the last two weeks. They are quite melodic.
We turned this project into a homeschool science lesson (of course!), and learned that these little critters, whose "shells" she collected, emerged from underground after seventeen years of feeding on the roots of deciduous trees such as oak and tulip poplar (with which this region is well-supplied).
Typical cicadas with which you might be familiar don't emerge until later in the summer and are completely green with shades of brown. These beautiful babies have startlingly red eyes and an orange tint to their body. Hard to see on this picture, but THIS little girl is wearing one as a ring:
But back to That Hat:
When I saw the finished product, I kinda knew the other second graders didn't have a chance. And I think she knew it, too.
Of course, I warned her: you will forever be known as The Girl Who Wore Cicadas to Awanas.
She can handle it.
And had the Cubbies held a similar contest, I think you'd be looking at a picture of the winner. Talk about a fascinator!