Studio portrait of Ella Mackay wearing a paper hat



Have you ever dressed-up in a hat?

Hats are a big part of the way we play.  From playing “dress-ups”, to wearing hats during celebrations, hats can be silly and fun. You can make your own Easter Bonnet, dress-up as your favourite story book character or just put on a hat when you play outside.


Focus questions:

We often wear cardboard hats at a birthday party. Can you name some other celebrations where people wear hats?

What characters in story books can be identified by what they wear?

What do you like to wear when you dress-up? Do you have any hats in your dress-up box?

Can you think of any other ways we use hats for play?

Look closely at the photographs. How has our use of hats for play, changed and stayed the same over time?

Children of Group Settlement No. 139 in fancy dress for centenary celebrations

050,120PD: Little girl wearing a hat sitting on a hospital verandah

112205PD: Photographer's nieces and nephews

035,263PD: Studio portrait of the Misses Jerrard in fancy dress, Kalgoorlie

097146PD: Studio portrait of Mr Kelly in fancy dress, Kalgoorlie

034,155PD: Studio portrait of Miss Morgan dressed as a butterfly, Kalgooorlie

111539PD: Play-time at Rottnest

230,241PD: Ella and Faulkner Mackay dressed for swimming

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