Toddler Storytime: Hats

On Tuesday our Toddler Storytime was all about hats!  We gave each child a silly animal hat (though some kids may not like hats and in that case their caregivers donned the hats instead).  We sang our opening song, then sang Open Shut Them, Peekaboo and then read the book Whose Hat Is That? by Anita Bijsterbosch, translated from the Dutch.

We sang Oh My Hat Goes On My Head and Can You When You Grow Up?  I deliberately chose my themes to have some songs that would repeat for two weeks or so, because the repetition helps everybody learn the songs and the familiarity that comes from hearing the songs several times is good for the toddlers.

We did a flannel story about looking for a meerkat hiding behind one of several hats:

meerkat 1meerkat 2

We read another book called I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian.  It’s really cute and has good repetition, but it was a bit long actually.  It might not have been my best choice ever because it required much abridging!  Ah well.

We also did a colors song about hats which I learned from Miss Jennifer (I just used hats on my head instead of felt pieces).


We also did a silly hat song using our animal hats, and it goes like this:

On my head, I wear a hat

It is such a silly hat

That my head will wiggle, waggle to and fro

Where else can my silly hat go?

On my knee…

On my foot…

On my hand…

On my elbow…

We watched a clip from Sesame Street for our video.  It was a clip from the DVD Elmo’s Magic Numbers, from the episode Hat Day, in which Elmo and Zoe are in a contest to see who can wear the most hats.

I hope you guys had a good time!   See you all next week, when I look forward to inviting a few new families from the waitlist.

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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