STREAM Activity: Everyday Inventions – Hairbrush

What hairstyle is your favorite?

Activity best for children ages four and up

The modern hairbrush dates back centuries; it has evolved from simple tools made of natural materials like wood, bones, or porcupine quills to the sophisticated designs we see now. Lydia Newman invented the modern-day hairbrush that we know today. Her design featured spaced bristles and a detachable compartment for easy cleaning. Today, we will be doing a fun “hairdo” craft with different hairstyles using a fork as a hairbrush.

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Bristles: a short, stiff hair.

Sophisticated: having, revealing, or proceeding from a great deal of worldly experience and knowledge of fashion and culture.

Guiding Questions:

What other materials can you use as a hairbrush for this craft?

Do you prefer a brush with natural bristles, synthetic bristles, or a combination?


Acrylic paint

Paint tray/paper plate


White construction paper

Color pencils




Step 1

Start by gathering the materials for your hairdo.

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Step 2

Start by drawing a U shape with a pencil to form the face. Then, draw two circles for the eyes and a smaller U shape for the smile. Once you have the face, you can grab colored pencils and color in features. We added pink cheeks to our face!

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Step 3

Once you are satisfied with your face outline, you can go over it with a sharpie and draw in the eyes.

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Step 4

Now, color in your face with colored pencils and add any addition features like ears or a nose.

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Step 5

Add paint to a paper plate or paint tray, and get ready to add a fun hairdo to your portrait! Dip the fork in paint and make strokes upward to form hair. You can create any hairstyle you like—down, a ponytail, a bun, a braid—the options are endless.

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Step 6

Now your hairdo craft is complete! Gift your beautiful painting to your friends or grown-ups.

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Reading Connections

The Hair Book by Graham Tether

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In this book, kids will discover different hair types and how everyone is unique in their own way.