There’s just something about a little child with a fun hat on his or her head that makes you smile. Children LOVE putting hats on their heads, changing their identity in a split second. It’s easy, it’s quick, and it feels great!
No dress up box and accessories collection should be without a bunch of awesome dress up hats for kids. Grown up sized hats are good, but kid-sized will get you a whole lot more play-time.
Here are 10 fantastic dress up hats for kids that your little girl or guy will love!
Fire Chief Hat
This is likely one of the most popular dress up hats for little kids. Boys and girls alike love the shiny red symbol of daring rescue, bravery, and fun. I’d be surprised to find a child who hasn’t been fascinated with fire-fighters, fire-trucks, and that shiny hat at some point or another! (My own 3 year old girl regularly accessorizes her favorite princess outfit with her brother’s fire chief hat… it’s a classic.). See fire chief hats at Amazon.com
Kids LOVE magic. Surprises, secrets, things they can’t figure out… they love it all. Top off the fun with a fancy black top hat (and a cape and some white gloves) and let the role play fun begin! Be prepared though that you’ll need to act surprised and amazed EACH time a trick is performed… so if repeat pretending isn’t your thing… this may not be the hat for your little one. 😉 But then again, many adults love magic too! See magician hats at Amazon.com
Cowboy or Cowgirl Hat
There’s something very classic about a cowboy or cowgirl hat that is a lot of fun for a child to wear. It can be dressy or casual, pretty or manly… you can accessorize with a bandana or scarf, cowboy boots, or a lasso if you dare. But either way, definitely work with them on some good ole’ Cowboy twang and the iconic swagger. So much fun! See cowboy hats at Amazon.com
Ho ho ho! Kids love everything to do with Santa! Dressing up like jolly old St. Nick is a fun activity for kids, especially as Christmas approaches. Acting out Santa Claus (or Mrs. Claus) is a fantastic way to teach about the beauty and FUN of giving! Use a spare pillow case as a sack for “presents”, and you’re good to go! See Santa Hats at Amazon.com
Construction Hard Hat
Many little boys (and girls) adore all things to do with construction sites. Toy tractors, digging in sandboxes, reading picture books about construction sites and real equipment – there’s quite an appeal to this whole “world”. If your little one likes this sort of thing, adding an iconic yellow construction hard hat to the dress up box is a must! See Construction Hard Hats at Amazon.com
Crown or Tiara
There’s something instantly appealing about a glittery crown or sparkling tiara. It might be the “I’m special” feeling a child gets when that crown or tiara is on his or her head. It might be the shine and the jewels that make it so attractive. And they pretty much ARE the perfect accessory for a little girl who loves all things Princess. See crowns and tiaras at Amazon.com
There are so many different animal hats that are much loved by all kids. From scary tiger to fuzzy bear, from floppy bunny ears to crazy shark head, the options are endless. If your little guy or girl has a favorite animal, chances are there are awesome animal/bird/fish/reptile hats available that will make his or her day! See animal hats at Amazon.com
Police Captain Hat
Toddlers love to be in charge. They love to direct others in play, and ensure all is well and safe in their little world. A realistic police captain’s hat is a perfect choice of a dress up hat for these very reasons! If you have more than one child, it might be a good idea to have both a fire chief and a police chief hat though… advice given from experience. 😉 Let BOTH kids have a hat that makes them feel important, and you’ll have a more peaceful play zone. See police captain hats at Amazon.com
Clown Hat or Silly Hat
Kids love to look silly. They love to be laughed at BECAUSE they made themselves look funny. They even love to laugh at themselves when they look in the mirror wearing a clown hat or silly hat! There are many different types of silly hats or clown hats – pick up a few for your dress up box and I’d almost guarantee that those hats will be layered up, worn backwards on purpose, or worn in a creative way… which is what, as a parent, you encourage, right? 🙂 See clown hats at Amazon.com
Many children have a play kitchen somewhere, or a tea-set or some play food at the very least. Encourage role-playing and creative cooking play by adding a fantastic chef’s hat to your child’s collection! One of the activities my daughter loves is to pretend she’s a chef at a fancy restaurant – she’ll set the table, make a fabulous meal (even better if I let her use my pans or Tupperware), and serve me and her dad a great “dinner”. A chef’s hat makes it all the more “real” for her! See chef hats at Amazon.com
And there you have it, friends… 10 fantastic dress up hats for kids! There are so, so many more though. Can you do me a favor and drop me a comment below about which hats are popular in your house? I’d love the feedback!