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Did you know that September is Fall Hat Month? In Texas, September is still summer, but by this time, I am ready to embrace fall and all of the beautiful and fun fall hats. Use these ideas to celebrate fall hat month in your homeschool this year!
And if you’re looking for more fun fall ideas, take a look at these articles: Preschool Leaf Math, Fall Science Experiment, and Pumpkin Pointillism: An Art Lesson in Primary Colors.
Complete a Hat Unit Study
I love themed months like September because it is so easy to create a unit study based around the theme. For hat month, you could scale activities based on a child’s age quite easily. Here are some fun educational items to incorporate into a hat unit study:
For the Littles:
- Count all the hats in the house.
- Make hats from newspaper or tissue paper.
- Read books featuring hats.
- Color a hat-themed worksheet. (Just google “hat themed worksheets” to find some great ones!)
- Learn about different styles of hats.
- Sing songs about hats. (You can find some on YouTube.)
- Make edible hats using a Reese’s Cup placed on top of a chocolate cookie.
For Elementary Kids:
- Use hats in math facts practice (i.e. 4 hats times 3 is how many hats?).
- Calculate the cost of hats in today’s dollars by adjusting for inflation.
- Read books featuring hats (good for any age).
- Learn about the different periods when certain hats were in fashion.
- Visit a milliner (We still have a few in Texas!).
For Junior High and High School:
- Sew/create your own hats! There are some wonderful patterns available for all kinds of hats! You might want to crochet a hat for your kitty, knit an animal hat for yourself, or use these patterns to make headbands, head wraps, or hats of various sizes.
- Read books about the history of hats and hat design.
- Watch period dramas together.
- Create a mock hat shop with a real budget and profit projections.
- Make tissue paper hats.
If you don’t have time for a complete unit study, you might want to take a day to make a tissue paper hat as a simple craft. I have a super simple tutorial for tissue paper hats that we made for a tea party a few years ago that you can use if you need any extra help with your designs.
Read Books Featuring Hats
A lot of books prominently feature hats. Last year in September, I compiled a list of books in which hats are essential to the story in some way. I was surprised at how important hats are in a lot of books!
Don’t forget to look for more fun fall ideas here: Preschool Leaf Math, Fall Science Experiment, and Pumpkin Pointillism: An Art Lesson in Primary Colors.
Do you celebrate Fall Hat Month? I really enjoy making our homeschool a bit more fun with themes like these. How do you celebrate? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments!