Hello everyone it’s cold and windy outside and we still have to put on our heavy winter coats and hats, so I thought it would be perfect to do a storytime about hats.
Welcome song – So Happy You’re Here – Hap Palmer
Book – Caps for Sale – by Esphyr Slobodkina – A peddler walks around selling caps from a tall, tottering pile on his head. Unable to sell a single cap one morning, he walks out into the countryside, sits down under a tree, checks that all the caps are in place, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, the caps are gone–and the tree is full of cap-wearing monkeys. His attempts to get the caps back again make this a classic story in the great folktale tradition.
Action Rhyme – What’s a Hat For?
A sailor’s hat for rowing a boat, (Make rowing motions)
A firefighter’s hat to put out a blaze, (Hold fists together, squirting hose motions)
A baseball cap to throw a ball, (Make a fist and pretend to throw)
A safari hat for a jungle maze, (Peek through fingers held in front of eyes)
A cowpoke hat to ride a horse, (Pretend to hold reins, bounce elbows up and down)
A clown hat to make people smile, (Point to face and smile)
And a magic hat to say “Presto Poof!” (Make fists, on Poof! open fingers wide)
Now let’s put our hats away for a while.
(Hold left arm out as if holding a bag , pretend to place hats in a bag , one at a time , saying each hat’s name aloud, for example sailor’s hat firefighter’s hat , etc)
Credit – Kidstuff – A Treasury of Early Childhood Enrichment Materials
Book – This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen- When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened.
Flannelboard – “Little Cat”
This is essentially “Little Mouse” just rhyming cat and hat instead. First, the kids and I talked about different kinds of hats and they helped naming them. Then, I told them I had hidden a cat underneath one hat and we had to guess which one. I chanted, “Little cat, little cat, are you under the _________ hat?”
Book – Where’s Mary’s Hat? by Stephanie Barroux – When Mary’s favorite hat disappears, she sets out at once to find it. Along the way she asks every animal she meets if they’ve seen it. Each of them has seen something, but what they haven’t seen is Mary’s hat.
Song – “Silly Hat Song” (Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear a hat. It is such a silly hat That my head will wiggle. waggle to and froWhere else can my silly hat go?(Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.)Credit: SurLaLune StorytimeSong – The Hat by Laurie Berkner (Pass out birthday hats to the children to use with the song)
Goodbye song – Shout and Whisper – Hap Palmer