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Costumes are fun – anytime of year and for any age! But, sometimes, a costume can merely be a hat. Isn’t it amazing how your mood totally changes if you wear a dapper hat, of some sort?!

At your next family meal, have a box of hats available and everyone tries on a different one. It could be a very silly meal – a Mad Hatter Meal!

You’d be surprised how many hats you have at home. And, I don’t know mean just different color Phillies hats! How about scarves or a bandana? Or, go to the nearby party store or dollar store. I bet you could find very inexpensive paper or plastic hats there to keep handy in case a Mad Hatter experience is calling! Perhaps, you can find a chef’s hat, sailor hat, pirate or cowboy hat. How ‘bout a tiara or ladies hat with a large brim? You can even wear a boa or a cape … if you want to stretch this experience just a bit!

The idea is to share fun with the kids at the most unexpected moments!

About Sharla Feldscher

Sharla Feldscher, the longtime “kid expert” in Philly, is the author of several books on creative activities to do with young children. HarperCollins published two of her KIDFUN books that were translated in Russian and German (available on amazon.com). Years ago she had the KDIFUN Page in the Philadelphia Daily News and produced KIDFUN for KYW Newsradio. Find more creative ideas on her current KIDFUN blog at www.kidfunandmore.

Sharla is happy to share readers’ ideas, giving credit to the originator whether it be individuals, families, schools or organizations.  The owner of a public relations business in Philadelphia, she also writes for L.A. Family Magazine, New York Family Magazine and womanaroundtown.com (NY and Washington, D.C. editions)

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