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Hats on for Reading


Add some drama to your read-aloud time with the simplest of props-a hat.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
  • Drama
    • 1-2
    • 3-5
  • Minimal
  • Indoor, Outdoor
  • Play

MATERIALS: All kinds of hats, a box or other container to hold the hats.

While you read about Mike Mulligan, wear a child's toy hard hat; better yet, let your young ones wear hats! Crown a princess to inaugurate The Little Princess, or don the witchs hat to deliver Strega Nona. When you tell the story of Johnny Appleseed, stick a pot on your head! Help your kids start a hat collection if they don't already have one. Dig into the costume bag, check the attic or rummage at thrift stores and yard sales. Save your children's cardboard crowns. Put them all in a bag or hat box that you can drag out for dressing up or putting on plays as well as reading aloud. You may not have hats to suite every story, but even a party hat will add a festive spirit to your reading, and just the act of putting on your baseball cap may become a signal that read-aloud time is about to begin. You might pull out the whole collection to read a book like Caps for Sale or 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Stack a bunch of hats and stick them on top of your childs head to put your reader in just the right mood for these silly stories.

Hats on for Reading