Hats, Hats, Hats

What's cuter than kids in hats?  Well, January 15, is National Hat Day.  What can you do to observe National Hat Day in your child care?  I have some ideas!


  • A History of Hats - Images with brief descriptions
  • Hats - wikipedia entry lists all of the different types of hats in a chart


  • Multicultural  - This pinboard has some beautiful images of children of different cultures and head wear.
  • Heads Up - A Lesson plan that introduces children to diversity of headwear and the purpose of it


  • Children can bring their favorite hats to wear for the day.  Include a "show and tell" element for them to share why it is their favorite hat.
  • Design their own hat with construction paper or other materials you have around.  Maybe some cups or baskets or...let them get creative.
  • Focus on dramatic play area with hats.  Have the children try different hats on (they could even be plastic ones from dollar store or hats they made with construction paper).
  • Opportunity for a multicultural element of your week. Introducing new hats each day and where they came from, maybe a little bit of history.  Parents could volunteer to bring hats or other things worn on the head that represent different things from their culture.




Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.