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Hats Around the World

A Program for Toddlers

by Elida Guardia Bonet

Books to Share

  • Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris.
  • Pedro, His Perro, and the Alphabet Sombrero by Lynn Rowe Reed.
  • Se venden gorras / Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina.
  • Sombreros y gorros / Hats by David Lloyd.
  • Uncle Nacho’s Hat by Harriet Rohmer.
  • Who Took the Farmer’s Hat by Joan L. Nodset.
  • Whose Hat Is That? by Ron Roy.

Bulletin Board

Display pictures of different kinds of hats.

Decorations

Place hats of all types, colors, and shapes, old and new, on tables, around the room, and on hat stands.

Activity

Put hats on the heads of the children at your storytime program and ask them to guess the occupation of someone who would wear the hat, for example, fireman, policeman, cowboy, baseball player, etc. At the end of storytime, let the children play dress up. Be sure to bring a mirror!

Creative Drama

Read the book or tell the story Se venden gorras / Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina. When the peddler is sleeping under the tree and the monkeys take his hats, give each child a colorful felt square or hat made from construction paper. Tell the children to wear their "hats" and that they will be "monkeys" who mimic everything the peddler does and says. At the end of the story, the children all throw their "hats" onto the ground.

Storytelling

Tell the story of Uncle Nacho’s Hat.

Movement Activity

The Mexican Hat Dance

Children love dancing the Mexican Hat Dance. The basic movement is a simple shuffle ball change on each foot. Children dance in a circle around a sombrero which is a big straw hat with a wide brim that is often seen in Mexico, like the one worn by the famous cartoon character, Speedy Gonzales. The Mexican Hat Dance is on Dance Music Mexican Style by El Charro & Las Jalapeñas.

Crafts

Make an Alphabet Sombrero

Read the book Pedro, His Perro, and the Alphabet Sombrero, by Lynn Rowe Reed. Give the children a sheet of paper with an outline of a hat, and let them draw and color all the things they might want on their own hat.

Hats, Hats, Hats!

Copy the images here with different styles of hats and give it to the children to color.

Professional Resources

Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage edited by Barbara Immroth and Kathleen de la Pe�a McCook.

Programming With Latino Children’s Materials: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians by Tim Wadham.

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