Design a SunSmart hat
There are many wonderful picture books available that can be used to promote awareness and discussion about sun protection. ‘Now That’s a Hat’ by Heath McKenzie is a hilarious rhyming story with vibrant illustrations about finding the right hat. Available online, in hard copy and a read aloud on YouTube.
Curriculum Areas: English, The Arts & Design and Technology
Task: Design and make a SunSmart hat that will pass the SunSmart Hat Test.
Rules: To pass the SunSmart Hat Test, it must provide shade to the face, neck, ears and crown of the head.
Resources: Craft supplies, recycled materials and glue/sticky tape.
- Explore and research different types of hats. Have students bring in a hat from home.
- Do a SunSmart Hat Test: Does it provide shade to the face, neck, ears and crown of the head? Use a torch from above as the ‘sun’ to test for shaded vs exposed skin.
- Draw a SunSmart hat design and label its SunSmart features.
- Turn your design into a hat! Using recycled and craft materials make your SunSmart hat.
- Once finished do another SunSmart Hat Test.
- Celebrate! Show off your SunSmart hats at your next school assembly or email photos to the SunSmart Team at Cancer Council WA at email@example.com.
- What makes a hat SunSmart?
- Why do we need to wear hat?
- Why is shade so important?
- What other ways can you protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun?
- Why is important to wear sunscreen as well as a hat?
Download this activity for printing.
This activity has been written for K-2 students in mind but can be modified for all year levels at teacher’s discretion. Cancer Council WA recommends broad-brimmed, bucket and legionnaires style hats.