Through participating in the experiences provided by this theme, the children may learn:
1.Types of Hats
2. Uses for hats.
3. Parts of a hat.
4. Recognize the Letter H
5. Write the letter H
**Concepts to learn
Hats are worn on our heads
Some hats keep us warm
Hats are made out of different materials
Hats com in different shapes, sizes, and colors
Some hats have special names
Some people wear hats when they are working and others wear them for fun or to keep us
warm or cool.
Whats a corner?
Big, bigger biggest, small smaller smallest
1. Collage Hats. Cut out a variety of large hats in different colors. Set out collage items and let the
2. Cat in the Hat hats.
3. Sponge paint Create hat shapes out of sponges, potato’s, or string glued to tagboard. Set out
large sheets of paper and several colors of paint. Let children print away.
4. Still life. Set out a few hats and have the children draw what they see. Make sure not to judge.
After they draw their hats have them watercolor them.
5. Hat painting Old construction hat or baseball cap. Duck tape a paintbrush to the brim of the
hat. As the children wear the hat allow them to dip it into a tray of paint and use the hat brush to
paint at the easel.
6. Paper mache’ hats
7. Hat sewing
8. Fingerpainting Hs
9. Hat shapes with wrapping paper and cotton balls
1. Graphing Hats. Set out a large graph with mini hats. To make the mini Hats use old children’s
socks and cut foot part right before the heal. Roll up the brim and hot glue a pom pom to the
top. I also used the other half of the sock by tying one end with string.
2. Sequencing puzzles. I have a sequencing puzzle where the little girl is getting dressed. She
starts out in her underwear and ends with her hat. You could make one using a doll and taking
pictures of the doll through different stages of dressing.
3. Seriation. Cut out shapes of hats from felt, starting small and each one getting bigger. Have
children figure out which comes next, then from big to small. Real hats can also be used.
4.Work Job 1 Create 6 different hats numbered which ever numbers you are working on. Laminate
them. Find some sort of decal or jewel of your liking. Put the jewels in a basket or small box with
a couple tweezers. Have children place the amount of jewels to match the number on the hat. Store
these in a Ziploc baggie or a nice box. Instead of using jewels you could also cut out little H’s to
add to the hat shapes.
5.Work job 2 Create a 6 Hat trees out of cardstock with the amount of hooks you would like.
Laminate. Make little hats out of cardstock, felt, or fabric. Place the little hats in a basket or small
box and have the children add the hats to the hat tree. Store this in a Ziploc baggie or a nice box.
6. Work Job 3 Create pairs of standing Hat trees out of wood. Add hooks to match desired
number. Ex. Two hat trees next to each other, one has 2 hooks, the other has 3 hooks. Together
they equal 5. Add mini sock hats and paper and pen so the children can write their equations
7. Sorting. Place all your hats in a big pile on the floor. Have the children sort them. Talk about
the different colors, shapes, sizes, material used, the hats purpose (work, dress up, sun protection)
8. Matching hats. Cut out shapes of different hats. Cut out one shape of each hat that is a ‘shadow’
and the other hat decorate. Staple the ‘shadow’ hat on the wall. Put Velcro on both hats. Have the
children match the hat to it’s shadow.
1. Hat books. Create books or have the kids make books. Go through magazines and cut out
pictures of people wearing different hats. Ask the children to tell you about the picture and ask
why they are wearing that particular hat. Write it down for them in their books.
2.Paper hat with poem. Create newspaper hats for the kids and have them decorate. Print out the
Poem ‘My Hat it has 3 corners, 3 corners has my Hat. And had it not 3 corners, it would not be my
Hat.’ Have the kids circle the Big H and the little h. Then tape it onto their Hat. Talk about the
poem and count the corners on their newspaper hat.
3. H at the playdough table. Create a big H and a little h and laminate them to your playdough
table. The children can roll or squish the playdough into the shapes.
4. H at the playdough table. Purchase the letter playdough stamps from lakeshore. The kids love
to stamp the letters into the playdough. We also use them with stamp pads.
5. Put books on tape. Record some of your favorite stories on tape. You could also send home a
book and tape player and have parents record the stories. The children could also help with sound
6. Phonics Board Use a 18x24 piece of tagboard. Collect 10 pictures of 3 different sounds you
want on the board. This way the board can be used 3 different times. Rubber cement the pictures
onto the board and cover with clear contact. Strengthen the edges with masking tape. Use 10
plastic bracelets or rings cut from heavy plastic. Ask questions about the pictures. Which ones
start with an H sound? Help the children sound out the words.
7. Sandpaper H rubbings
1. Who’s hat on popsicle sticks
2. Hat Hunting
3. My favorite hat day
4. Read Caps for sale. After use felt circles to represent the hats and stack them on top of their
hats. First the grey cap….slowly, slowly as to not disturb the caps.
Songs, Fingerplays, and games
1. Hats on a fence game Put a
2. Bean bag toss into hats
Stories including feltboard
1. A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke
2. Who took the Farmers Hat? By Joan L. Nodset
3. Whose Hat? By Margaret Miller
4. Hats, Hats, Hats. By Ann Morris
5. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
6. A Three Hat Day by Laura Geringer
7. Do you have a hat? By Eileen Spinelli
8. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
9. Blue Hat Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
10. Hats! By Kevin Luthardt
11. The Hat by Jan Brett
12. Old Hat New Hat by Stan Berenstain
13. Who took the Farmers Hat? By Joan L. Nodset
Tumbling over the Edge by Bev Bos and Jenny Chapman
Don’t move the muffin tins by Bev Bos
The Ooey Gooey Handbook by Lisa Murphy
The Activity Idea Place
WorkJobs by Mary Baratta-Lorton