Good ol’ hats. An invention as old as time. Whether functional or fashionable, they sure can be fun to wear. And lots of people wear them! That’s why we’re doing our storytime on the great head-topper.
Other Books about Hats:
Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli
Circus Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Jack Keats
What a Hat! by Holly Keller
Hats! by Kevin Luthardt
The Singing Hat by Tohby Riddle
The Hat That Wore Clara B. by Melanie Turner-Denstaedt
Millie’s Marvellous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura
Miss Hunnicutta’s Hat by Jeff Brumbeau
Rembrandt’s Hat by Susan Blackaby
Buy My Hats! by Dave Horowitz
Hats Hats Hats by Ann Morris
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Activity: The amazing, wonderful Little Heights Program let us borrow their hat collection to show the children. We had hats from all kinds of professions: firefighter, pilot, mail carrier, police officer, NASA engineer, construction worker and more. We even had a hat for a jester, a wizard and fancy hats for dress up. During each book and song, I pulled out a different hat and wore it. At the end, I held out each hat and let the children identify who would wear that hat (this is a wonderful activity to after you read Which Hat is That?).
Art Project: Children mad their very own silly hats to take home with them. A square block was cut out of butcher paper and place over a bowl in the center (or their head or anything else with a small, round shape). After forming the paper around the bowl, a piece of masking tape was wrapped around the bowl to form the top of the hat. Then the excess paper around the edges of the center were folded in an upwards motion to create the brim of the hat.
Once this was done, the children were given various art supplies (markers, stickers, foam shapes, crepe paper, tissue paper, etc.) and decorated their hats to their heart’s content. They turned out so great! Here is one already done: