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A fun theme for story time is HATS!  It is one where you can let your imagination flow…cowboy hats, fireman hats, farmer hats, astronaut helmets, winter hats, sun hats… the list could go on and on!  Let’s look at some fun books , songs, and activities you can do!

Books

Where’s Mary’s Hat?  by Stephene Barroux 
Hats Off to You! by Karen Beaumont 
Whose Hat is That?  by  Anita Bijsterbosch
What Hat Goes With That? by Pamela Chanko
Old Hat by Emily Gravett 
Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines 
Harold Loves His Woolly Hat by Vern Kousky
Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? by Joan L. Nodset 
You Must Bring a Hat  by Simon Phillip
Hats are NOT for Cats by Jacqueline K. Rayner 
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke 
Hooray For Hat! by Brian Won 
Henri’s Hats by Mike Wu 
Hats, Hats. Hats by Ann Morris

Fingerplays and Songs

Silly Hat Song (Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
that my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.)

Hat
A cowboy wears a cowboy hat (Hands encircle head)
As he gallops on his horse. (Gallop)
Firefighters hats keep them safe (Hands encircle head)
As fires run their course. (Spraying motion with hose)
A clown wears a point hat (Hands form a point on head)
And a smile upon his face (Draw smile on face)
And astronauts wear helmets, (Encircle face with hands)
When blasting into space. (Palms together, shoot hands up to sky.)

Tall Hat, Short Hat
Tall hat, (arms straight up on either side of head)
Small hat (hands cupped just above head)
Big hat (arms outspread) Cap (hands cover head)
Let me take them off again (repeat motions in reverse)
And put them in my lap. (fold hands in lap)

Hats Song (Tune:  Are You Sleeping?)
H-A-T-S,  H-A-T-S
That spells hats That spells hats
Everybody wears them, Everybody wears them,
Just for fun,  Just for fun
              You can have the children supply other reasons to wear hats and add verses about them.
                               to protect their head
                               to shade their eyes
                               to keep warm
                               when they dress up 

Hats on Everyone
Hats on police officers starchy and blue (salute)
Hats on fire fighters shiny and new (spray with hose)
Hat on marchers in a band (drum)
Hat on astronauts when they land (float)
Hats on farmers made of straw (shovel hay)
Hats on artists when they draw (paint)
Hats on kids out in the sun (shade eyes)
Hat on almost everyone! (hold hands out to side)

Activities and Crafts

Play Guess the Person 
Play guess the person.  Show various hats (pictures or real) and the children shout out who wears it.
Examples:  baker hat, police officer hat, firefighter hat, baseball cap, construction hat, Easter bonnet, wedding veil, top hat, motorcycle helmet, and so on.  After the initial responses, ask for additional examples. “Any other ideas?”

Hat Sizes
Set out two or three hats.
Ask your child which hat is the largest?
Which hat is the smallest?
Have your child line up the hats, from small to large.

Hat Craft
Community Helper Paper Hats Craft

 

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