Do YOU Have a Hat?

A while ago, I stumbled across the most adorable children’s books. Do You Have a Hat? written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Geraldo Valerio features the hats of some very famous individuals: Goya, Lincoln, Carmen Miranda to name a few. It’s a great read for the classroom; funny, brief, historical and visually dynamic.

Since the book was written for the younger elementary student, I geared the art lesson for 1st grade.  I created hat templates for the children to trace and decorate (sombrero, sunhat, cowboy hat, top hat, winter hat, etc). After tracing the hat onto a sheet of paper, the children then had a good starting point to draw the rest of their body. This turned out to be a perfect combination of literature, craft (hat decorating) and art (drawing and watercolor resist).

After doing this lesson a few times, I realized that instead of  using all the hat templates in one lesson, you can break the lesson down into seasons (winter hat art project, Fiesta, Summer Fun ,etc.) In a way, it makes it easier to help the students. This lesson is featured in The Members Club!


Here is a sampling of my first grade student’s work….

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  • Leanne Walkom

    I love this project, but I can not find the step by step lesson plan to complete it. Can anyone direct me?

  • Patty

    Hi Leanne,
    I post hundreds of free lesson tutorials but this one happens to be in a PDF file that you pay to download. Click on the link “PDF Art Booklet” in the post to be directed to the shop.

  • stacy spangler

    Patty-thanks so much for mentioning my post! It is an awesome lesson bc of your great pdf!

  • sandy

    I do this lesson & read the book with third graders (following a lesson in self-portraits). Because they then know the proper proportions for a face, they create a cut-paper self-portrait and don their favorite hat – one that reveals their unique personality or favorite past time. Probably better suited for a little older student then they are free to create their own chapeau!

  • k

    Rock it Patty. Thanks

  • Connie

    My firsties had the best ever time with this project. After reading the book, and learning a little history, we had some adorable princesses and rowdy cowboys, complete with buttons, feathers, lace, and leather! Thanks for making the lesson available as an Art and Literature unit.

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