Hats are worn all over the world for a variety of reasons. They keep people warm in cold climates, they protect and warm up tiny babies, and they may be part of a costume, a religious practice, or a uniform. Hats can be worn by anyone and sometimes they are just simply FUN to wear!
Make a Hat Day was inspired by milliners (the term for a person who designs or makes hats) who recognized the opportunity to help people express their personalities by wearing hats of all colours, shapes and sizes.
Share the following quote from Janet Street-Porter: “Sometimes I've looked at a plate of food and wondered if it wouldn't look better as a hat.”
Share the following quote from Margaret Atwood: “I myself have 12 hats and each one represents a different personality. Why just be yourself?”
Here are some links to start from:
What kinds of hats have you seen? Do you have any hats? When do you wear them? Make and decorate a hat that makes you feel happy. Wear it to celebrate Make a Hat Day!
Share these interesting facts with students:
Did you know?
Set up a “Wear your favourite hat day!” You can involve the class, your grade level or even the whole school. Have a “Parade of Hats” around the school. Videotape the parade or take digital pictures to put on your school website.
Ask students: Do you wear hats? Why? When? (e.g., for sports, protection from weather, religious purposes, celebrations, etc.)
Explain that September 15th is Make a Hat Day. Share the information in the introduction or visit here.
Challenge students to work alone, in pairs, or small groups to design a hat. For inspiration, share the following website addresses here.
Here are some considerations:
Have students create a drawing or other representation of their hat and prepare a 30-second ad to appeal to their target group. Share with the class.