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Songs & Fingerplays

Hats Song - sung to "Are You Sleeping?"

That spells hats
That spells hats
Everybody wears them
Everybody wears them

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

Have real hats available to match to the verses you sing about.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Arts & Crafts

Sun Visors

Give each child a visor shape from oaktag (manila tag) to decorate with crayons, sequins, lace, fabric patches, etc. Tacky glue or Elmer's glue works best for attaching the decorations. After decorating, punch a hole on either side at the "back" of the visor. Poke a thick rubber band through the holes and tie a knot at each end to hold the visor onto the child's head. The visor shape is very simple. Make a "half-oval" shape, almost as large as a 9"x12" piece of tagboard. Then cut a slight curve downward on the flat side of the "half oval", from one side to the other. This gives you the visor shape. This basic shape can be modified in size to fit the age group you are teaching.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Paper Plate Hat

Make a cute hat from a paper plate. It kind of forms to the head & works great. It's super easy: Have the kids color or paint the plates first. Take a paper plate, using your scissors cut a small hole in the center. Just eyeball it. Now starting in the center make some cuts to the rim. You are only cutting to the rim. The cuts will radiate out like the lines on a pizza. Cut about eight evenly spaced cuts. Now fold these triangles so that they stick up. It now will look like a crown. Have the kids glue on silk flowers or any other kind of decorations you'd like to use. Punch some holes in the back & add some ribbon or yarn, if desired. The kids love these & can be very ceative!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hat Picture Books

Find pictures of people wearing different types of hats, and work with the children pasting them into pages in looseleaf binders. Take a child's dictation about what the person who is wearing the hat is doing. These could be left out for kids to look through. Older infants through 2's would probably enjoy looking through these homemade books, as would many preschoolers.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

Balancing Caps

Read the book "Caps for Sale" (Beforehand, cut out many 8" - 9" circles of felt in many colors)

When reading the story, use "hats" that have been cut into circles from a variety of colors of felt. They pile up and stick together nicely while balanced on the peddlers head. He/she can easily "walk through town shouting, "Caps! Caps for sale. Fifty cents a cap!" (Plus, hats made this way are easy to make and store.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Guess The Person

Play guess the person. Show various hats (pictures or actual hats) and have the children tell who wears it...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, take time to say "Any other ideas?" Keep those tots thinking!

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hat Sorting

Collect a variety of hats. The children can arrange them from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. Also, they can classify the hats by colors and uses.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Sound Walk

Take a long strip of contact paper. Tape it to the floor, sticky side up. Let the children take off their shoes and socks and walk on it. It feels funny and makes a neat noise!

A variation: Make a sound sidewalk - Use different material that will make a sound, and/or feel "funny" when children walk on it and tape down 5-6 squares in a sidewalk pattern. Some ideas for materials are. contact paper, bubble wrap, foil, sandpaper, plastic grocery bags, and cellophane.

~Submitted by David

Hats on a Fence - game

Materials: Some old hats, 3 or more beanbags, Board (2x4 about 5' long) Place the board between two tables or chairs. Place the hats along the board. Mark a line on the floor for the children to stand on while trying to knock off the hats with the beanbags.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Circle Time Activity

Have the children in a circle. One child has a hat on their head. Chant:

(_________'S) wearing a hat.
What do you think of that?
Take it off, and pass it to (_________).

This encourages sharing, taking turns and cooperation.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Hat Bean Bag Toss

Lay several large hats on the floor. Encourage the children to stand about two feet from the hats and try to throw the beanbags into the hats. You can makeup contests or add more rules, change the distance from the hats according to the children's abilities.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


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