Story Time

Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Toddler • Pre-school
Caps for sale : a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business by:Slobodkina, Esphyr
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
Happy Birthday Moon by:Asch, Frank
When a bear discovers that the moon shares his birthday, he buys the moon a beautiful hat as a present.
A Hat for Minerva Louise by:Stoeke, Janet Morgan
Minerva Louise, a snow-loving chicken, mistakes a pair of mittens for two hats to keep both ends warm.
Hats off for the Fourth of July! by:Ziefert, Harriet
Spectators wait to see what will come next as the watch the town's Fourth of July parade.
The Scarecrow's Hat by:Brown, Ken (Ken James)
Chicken thinks Scarecrow's hat will make a nice nest, but first she must swap with Badger, Crow, Sheep, Owl, and Donkey.
Silly Little Goose by:Tafuri, Nancy
A goose tries out a few odd places to make her nest before finally settling on an old straw hat.
This is the hat : a story in rhyme by:Van Laan, Nancy
Cumulative verses follow an old man's hat as it becomes a home for a spider, mouse, and other creatures before returning to its rightful owner.
Little Red Cowboy Hat by:Lowell, Susan
A Southwestern version of "Little Red Riding Hood" in which Little Red rides her pony Buck to Grandma's ranch with a jar of cactus jelly in the saddlbag.
Where's Mary's Hat? by: Barroux, Stephane
When Mary cannot find her favorite hat, she asks one animal after another, but no one has seen it.
Whose Hat? by:Miller, Margaret
Presents color photographs of hats that represent various occupations including a chef's cap, construction worker's helmet, magician's hat, and a firemans's hat.
Our Hats

These are our hats.
What are they for?
They keep our heads warm when we go out the door.

Caps For Sale

Read "Caps for Sale" and sing this song:

Caps for sale
Caps for sale
Caps upon my head
Caps for sale
Caps for sale
Yellow, blue and red
I'm a Firefighter
Sung to: "I'm a Little Teapot"

I'm a firefighter
Dressed in red,
With my fire hat
On my head.
I can drive the fire truck,
Fight fires, too,
And help to make things
Safe for you.
Cone Hats When my son was born, we planned a birth party for him. Actually the party was an activity to keep my older daughter happy and busy. At the last minute she realized we didn't have hats for the party. We made simple cone hats and decorated them. My son is now two, and she still thinks these are the best party hats we've ever had.
Materials Paper (12"x18 is best) Decorations (see ideas below) glue scissors
Use the 12" side as the height and the 18" to go around the head. To make the cone shape, draw a wide triangle, then change the bottom from a straight line to a curved shape.
You may want to experiment using newspaper to get the shape right.
Use whatever craft material you have on hand for the children to decorate the party hats.
While the party hats are drying, put a line of white glue down one side of the triangle. Then rolled it into a cone shape. Use a paper clip on the top and bottom to hold it together until the glue dries.
Simple Paper Hats This party hat may not last as long, but is much easier to fit. Draw a triangle in the center of the page, with a rectangle that runs the length of the paper at the bottom. Cut out the hat. Have the child decorate one side with craft materials, and let dry. To fit the party hat to the child's head, use the rectangle as a headband. Measure for size, then tape, glue or staple the hat. The triangle is the front of the hat, with the band running around the child's head.
Ideas for Decorating
If you aren't using colored paper, paint or spray paint the paper first. Use glitter glue to draw designs on the paper. Glue on yarn, ribbon, pom poms, fancy buttons, sequins, or whatever you have on hand. Use markers or crayons to draw designs on the party hats. Cut out shapes from the left over paper and glue on. Let the kids come up with more craft ideas.
These hats are larger than the traditional birthday hats that need elastic to stay on. You can add ribbon or string to tie the party hats on if the kids want ties on their hats.
Sombrero Hats
Materials: 2 sheets of newsprint for each hat, Masking tape, Decorations (see ideas below)
Use at least two sheets of large newsprint at least 3' on each side. Place the sheets at different angles (should look like an 8 point star). Center it over the person's head, and hold scrunch it down to make a head shaped dome in the center. Wind masking tape around the bottom of the dome (app. ear level). Scrunch and roll the sides in to finish the sombrero shape.
Decorate the sombreros using what ever materials you have on hand. Ideas for Decorations : Paint or spray paint the paper before it is made, or after the hat is shaped. Make a ribbon or paper band to cover the masking tape. Make a fringe out of paper, fabric, or ribbon to go around the bring. Use glitter glue to draw designs on the paper. Glue on yarn, ribbon, pom poms, fancy buttons, sequins, or whatever you have on hand. Use markers or crayons to draw designs on the hats. Cut out shapes from the left over paper and glue on.
Make it into an Easter Bonnet by gluing on some silk flowers from an old arrangement or 2nd hand store. Let the kids come up with more ideas.
Paper Hats
Follow the idea for Sombrero Hats but create different shapes. Push a bit more paper up in the center before winding the masking tape. Use scissors to cut the brim to create a Top Hat shape. Similar to a Top Hat, you could make a Stetson Hat. After cutting the brim, use gently pressure to create the crease in the center of the top. Use glue or tape to bring up the sides of the brim. If you don't want to paint your party hat, use colored tissue paper to create your hat.
I have offered several book suggestions so you can choose the ones you like best. I would limit storytime to 5 books at a time...less if the children are having difficulty listening.