Hats – Toddler Storytime

I subbed in storytime today for a colleague who was at CLA.  We celebrated the wonder that is hats.

MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*

MOVEMENT: “Clap Your Hands” from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music

MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*


Silly Little Goose!
by Nancy Tafuri

MOVEMENT: “Roll Your Hands” from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel

MOVEMENT: Itsy Bitsy Spider

10 Hats Flannelboard

Hats of Every Color
Hats of Every Color Flannelboard
Taken from Totline Magazine March/April 2000 issue pages 25-26

I’m a clown, a jolly fellow
My hat is the color yellow.
When I fight fires, I protect my head
My hat is the color red.
I catch robbers, here’s a clue:
My hat is the color blue.
I had rabbits in my magic hat
My hat is the color black.
I’m a chef, I cook just right
My hat is the color white.
I’m a king, my crown is old
It’s a shiny shade of gold.

MOVEMENT: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” from Songs for Wiggleworms by the Old Town School of Folk Music

A Tall Hat
(pretend to put each of these different hats on)
A tall hat
A small hat
A big hat
A cap
Now I’ll take my hats off
And put them in my lap


Brownie and Pearl See the Sights by Cynthia Rylant

MOVEMENT: “Two Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass


“Hats for Everyone” from Baby’s First Word Stories: Get Dressed

MOVEMENT:  Storytime’s Over*


Book: Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris
Book: Who Took the Farmer’s Hat by Joan L. Nodset
Book: Which Hat is That? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Book: Hat by Paul Hoppe (Not sure if this one is too old, but it might be worth a shot.)

Storytime went pretty well.  Last time I did a hat storytime, I actually brought a hat that looked like a flower pot in.  I asked the kids what it was, and they all said, “Flowers!”  “What do you think today’s storytime will be about?” “Flowers!” they said.  Then I showed them that it was a special flower pot because it was also – a hat!  I forgot to bring in a hat today, and I think I need to for next time around.  I liked using “A Tall Hat” between the movement and reading a story, because it helped settle the kids down after they had gotten a little bit rowdy.

ATTENDANCE:  10 am:  35 people      11 am: 32 people

* For these songs, please see my Storytime Movements & Music page

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