summer hatsWhen I was growing up and looking at old family photos, hats seemed to be part of every picture. Of course the fact that my grandmother was a milliner (sells women’s hats) probably had a part to play in the family having a variety of headwear. In fact, if the family stories are true she was a milliner to the Hollywood stars of her day. The most famous starlet was Loretta Young. Now to many of you that is an unfamiliar name, but I grew up watching “The Loretta Young Show” show on television weekly. The following is a quote from a Wikipedia and I remember her trade mark well:

“Her trademark was a dramatic entrance through a living room door in various high fashion evening gowns. She returned at the program’s conclusion to offer a brief passage from the Bible or a famous quote that reflected upon the evening’s story.”

Many hours of dress up was pretending to be this glamour star entering and leaving our living room. How role models have changed from the 1950’s! Elegance for the most part is no longer long and flowing and very (what we would of my generation call) feminine. Now it is sleek and tailored, often short and exposing.

Hats are no longer the model of elegant or pristine dress. Now they are expressing personality and individuality of the day. I see they have made resurgence among our youth in elementary, middle school and high school.

For most moms with small children, however, keeping a hat on a child for warmth may be a challenge. Thus we now have great creativity in the market of kids’ hat. We have hats, scarves and mittens in all the colors of the rainbow. Popular among the preschool and elementary age are animal hats, movie character hats, cartoon character hats and caps of sports teams.

In daycare we used hats for storytelling and role playing. We used sun hats with floppy brims for fancy tea parties with the dolls. We had hats for policemen, firemen, nurses, train conductors and engineers, construction workers, Indian chiefs, Kings and Princes, Queens and Princesses, baseball and football players. We didn’t really have hats that dads might wear because the image of dad wearing a hat to work was pretty rare. If it were cold or snowing as he rushed off to the train then he would have a warm hat.

Have you thought to start collecting hats for indoor play and exploration of jobs and services in your community? For storytelling your youngster can make up and tell you? You could have plays as well with hats and matching costumes if possible. What an awesome gift to give your child to develop their imagination!

For you home school moms here is a quick over view of the History of Hats http://hatsuk.com/hatsuk/hatsukhtml/bible/history.htm

Here are some good hat books to share with your child. If you know others tells us so we can share.

Available on Amazon:

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (an old time favorite).

Under My Head I Have a Hat by Karla Kusken Illustrated by Fumi Kosaka (Simple story of being bundled up for the snow).

Does a Bear Wear a Hat in Winter? By Leslie Falconer (Fun and educational animal facts).

That Hat’s Fedorable by Kirby Bopma and Holly Wojahn.

 Available at http://www.villagehatshop.com/content/603/That-Hats-Fedorable.html

That_hat_mediumThat Hat’s Fedorable is a great children’s book. With colorful illustrations and rhyming words, kids are bound to stay interested. The illustrations somewhat resemble Matisse—the artist of the well known painting, “Woman in a Hat”—and go along great with the story. This story book is also great for learning about hats all around the world, from the American baseball cap to the French beret. If you’re not quite sure what the hat you’re reading about is, there’s a glossary at the end of the book that describes the unfamiliar hat or term. That Hat’s Fedorable comes complete with a seven track CD that contains songs about the hats featured in the book. Both catchy and upbeat, the songs by Rodger and Scott Wojahn are enjoyable and fun!

So why have I picked this topic to blog? Well, truth be told I started out with an article on mittens and hats with a cold weather theme. My mitten blog ended up complete without ever talking about hats. So I put the title on the page for the next blog and memories flooded in. Make a memory with your child today. Make a paper hat, decorate it and make up a story.

We would love for you to share your creations send them in to Tikvah.publishing@gmail.com

Hats off to you mom,


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