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A snuggly 'happy hat' is where it's at for these keen knitters...

 

 

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This Kidsfirst Parklands story is a real gem.

 

Tamariki lent a hand to knit a warm, alpaca fleece hat for a child in Bangladesh, to help ward off the chill of winter snow, with houses in the region damaged from recent earthquakes and a cyclone.

 

Teacher, Helen O’Connell, brought in knitted hats to show children and shared a photo of four beaming faces from the Bangladesh community – children who were happy to have been given cosy, new hats.

 

“With their curiosity clearly sparked, our children came up with a fantastic idea...” says Helen, “...to help make a colourful, warm hat to cheer up a new friend in need.”

 

 

Under Helen’s guidance, children took turns to try out the knitting needles and watched the hat grow. A knitting rhyme ‘under the needle - over the needle - through the needles - next stitch,’ made it easier to remember what to do.

 

One excited child said, “I hope this new friend is warm in their new hat, and did you know the colour purple is a great colour to make them happy.”

 

 

The happy hat project has opened up a world of learning opportunities. A line of alpaca wool on their world map traces the hat’s travel route from kindergarten doorstep to Bangladesh.

 

“We had recently visited the Air Force museum so this experience extended the children’s interest in flying and in how ‘cargo’ is transported,” adds Head Teacher, Cindy Snelson.

 

On her visit to the kindergarten to pick up these hats that had been so lovingly made, Frances Ryman shared a story about one little Bangladesh boy who had been traumatized by the recent earthquakes and cyclone.

 

“This boy no longer spoke or showed any kind of emotion, but he was so excited to unwrap his new hat (the first gift he had ever received) that he cried - then in front of his whole class he smiled for the first time.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hats off to Kidsfirst Parklands! Children have helped to knit a happy hat for a new friend in need.

 

“I hope this new friend is warm in their new hat, and did you know the colour purple is a great colour to make them happy.”

  
 
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