Sunday, October 18, 2009

Clever Kids Accessories That Double As Entertainment

Wallaroo Hat Company was founded by Stephanie Carter and Lenya Shore in April 1999 after they discovered the Aussie secret to sun protection with style: colorful UPF 50+ crushable fabric hats. They began wearing them around Boulder, a city known for its outdoor lifestyle and more than 300 sunny days each year.

It wasn't long before friends and family wanted to know where they got their colorful sun-protection. The team discovered that nothing was available in the U.S. that compared to these UPF-rated fashion "finds" from Australia. Carter and Shore began importing small quantities, quickly realized their potential and launched Wallaroo Hat Company.

Wallaroo Hat Company has continued to expand its selection by bringing back favorites and designing new styles and collections each year. With more than ten years under their belt, Shore and Carter now sell their hats to many resorts, boutiques, outdoor retailers, gardening stores, and catalogers.

The complete collection includes 42 distinct styles in solid, brightly colored fabrics, as well as tropical prints and neutrals. Canvas, loose weave, microfiber, cotton twill, poly-braid, and polystraw make the Wallaroo Hat Collection washable, crushable and versatile for everyday work or play. Each Wallaroo hat has been designed with an internal or external drawstring to make it one-size fits most.

Wallaroo Hat Company is based in Boulder, Colorado. The company has been awarded the "Best of Denver" from Westword magazine and was listed as a Top Women-Owned Business in the Daily Camera. Wallaroo Hat Company has been committed to making charitable contributions over the past ten years, including the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Airline Ambassadors International, Caroused of Happiness, Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, American Cancer Society, and many more.

Thanks to Wallaroo Hat Company we were sent the Art Hat to review! This kit includes everything you need to design your own colorful Art Hat at home or at school! This would a great activity for a rainy day, birthday party, slumber party, or a play date with friends! I love that it's an activity that encourages and helps develop fine motor skills.
The kit contains an adjustable white microfiber bucket hat with a contrasting color under the brim, six nontoxic fabric paints, and a paintbrush. Hats are available in two sizes: 52cm hat fits 2–5 years, 55cm fits 5–7 years. They are 100% polyester and can be hand washed in cold water.

I also love that the hats are UPF 50+. Meaning that the fabrics have been tested by the Australian Radiation Protection Agency and block 97.5% of the sun's ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet radiation, or UV, is present in sunlight. The Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) shows how well a fabric protects your skin from solar UV.
These hats are fun to create as well fun for little ones to wear!! Ella is super excited to create hers so I will be sure to share a picture of her masterpiece as soon as she gets it finished! We highly recommend these great hats for all of your creative little ones in your life!


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