Preschool programs

Colorful Caps

Books To Share

  • Aunt Flossie's Hats (and Crab Cakes Later) by James Ransomes and Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard.
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
  • Jennie's Hat by Ezra Jack Keats.
  • The Magic Hat by Mem Fox.

Books To Show

  • She's Wearing a Dead Bird on Her Head! by Katheryn Lasky.
  • Twelve Hats for Lisa by Karen Katz.
  • Zara's Hats by Paul Meisel.
  • Zoe's Hats: A Book of Colors and Patterns by Sharon Holm.

Bulletin Board

Cut out one or more very large hat shapes to fill your bulletin board. Add a colored ribbon around the brim. Collect old greeting cards from birthdays, Mother's Day, Easter, etc. As children participate in the Texas Reading Club, give them a greeting card and scissors and watch the plain hat turn into a fancy hat as they decorate the bulletin board. Pre-cut pictures from greeting cards for young children to attach to the hats.


Thinking Caps

Borrow a variety of hats and caps and fill the display case with hats and books about the people who wear the various hats.


As children arrive for storytime, give each a hat nametag. If possible, have a variety of hat patterns and allow each child to make a choice.

Action Rhymes

Caps for Sale

(Author unknown)

Caps for sale

Caps for sale

Caps upon my head,

Caps for sale,

Caps for sale,

Yellow, blue and red.

Kittens and Caps

(By Jeanette Larson)

The three little kittens,

The ones who lost their mittens,

Also lost their caps.

The three little kittens who lost their caps,

Soon began to cry.

Oh, mother dear, see here, see here

Our pretty caps we've lost.

You naughty kittens, you lost your mittens

and now you've lost your caps!

Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow!

You shall have no pie.

The three little kittens

They found their caps

and they began to cry.

Oh, mother dear, see here, see here

We've found our caps again.

Red, yellow, and blue as sky.

We shall have some pie!


Tell the story Mrs. Honey’s Hat by Pam Adams using the Storytelling Set available from Childcraft (# 3G415958 in the catalog). The set includes a Mrs. Honey doll and 12 felt hat pieces to use while telling the story.


Yankee Doodle


Yankee Doodle went to town,

Riding on a pony.

Stuck a feather in his hat

And called it macaroni.

Action Song

My Hat


My Hat it has three corners, (point to head and hold up three fingers)

Three corners has my hat, (hold up three fingers and point to head)

And had it not three corners (hold up three fingers)

It wouldn't be my hat. (shake head, point to head)


Silly Hats

  • Construction paper
  • Paper plates
  • Large margarine tubs, small boxes, etc.
  • Ribbon
  • Plastic or silk flowers
  • Small toys and small soft ornaments
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Provide an assortment of materials, whatever you have available, for children to make silly hats out of paper. They can make cone hats, paper plate bonnets, crowns out of bulletin board borders, bowlers from plastic tubs, or whatever strikes their fancy. Provide a supply of anything and everything you can think of for kids to attach to make silly hats.

Dramatic Play

Career and action hats are available from Childcraft (# 3G222190 and #3G206970 in the catalog). Allow the children to wear these hats or others that you collect and identify a career or the type of person who wears that hat and tell something they know about that person. For example, the child wearing the nurse’s hat might say that, “nurses help us to stay healthy.”


Copy and distribute the “Match the Hat” puzzle sheet provided at the end of this chapter. Provide crayons or pencils for the children to test their expertise. Parents or caregivers can read the words while the child matches the hat.


Hat Toss

Place three or four large hats in row with the opening up. Have the children stand about 1 1/2 to 2 feet away and try to toss beanbags into the hats.

Audio Recordings

  • "Eleven Gallon Hat" on Sky Blue Catfish by the Music Workshop for Kids.
  • "The Mexican Hat Dance" on Put On Your Dancing Shoes by Joanie Bartels.


Note: Show one section of longer videos or DVDs as part of your program. For a storytime program, limit the film to 10-12 minutes. Display the other videos for parents and caregivers to check out.

  • Between the Lions: Red Hat, Green Hat. (30 minutes)
  • Caps for Sale. (5 1/2 minutes)
  • A Three Hat Day. (30 minutes)

Web Site

Hold Onto Your Hats!


Texas Reading Club 2004 Programming Manual / Color Your World...Read!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011