Child learn by exploring and trying out new things during role play when they dress-up. Costumes can be simple; elaborate or authentic. Kids dressing up in a costume of some kind is not just for Halloween or a school play. Dress-up/ dramatic play items don’t need to cost much.
This post will share 5 of some of the many benefits kids get from having dress-up clothes to play with along with some links to dramatic play collections including this author’s on-line store, plus more resources to find dress-up clothes and a list of dramatic play props..
The above image was from a fews back. The 5 year old, now 12, remembers this day when she dressed-up like Suzy Homemakers. She learned to make cookies that day. Did she really need to wear an apron? No, not really, but it added more fun to the learnng experience.
Don’ t take my word for it. Click the links below to see what other early childhood educators have to say about kids and dramatic play.
I think it all depends on what you are looking for and your budget.
Don’t over look your local thrift shops like for props and dress-up clothes
For animal face make-up ideas to go with tails and ears: Check out No Non-cents Nanna’s Dramatic Play board on Pinterest.
Kids do not need the latest cartoon character or superhero registered costume to play in. Sure, every now and then indulge them with a registered character piece or 2. Don’t under estimate the power of imagination of a child.
Last month my 6 year old grand daughter spied an empty soap bottle with a pump. She saw the pump mechanism as an immunization syringe. She carefully gave me lots of “shots”. Needless to say this old Nanna is now fully “immunizied” an Sophie-Do-It helped. (Shopie-do-It is No Non-cents Nanna real life model.)
I wore my poodle skirt to an event last week and won 2nd place wearing this poodle skirt.
I know many families worry about the creepiness of Halloween going against religious beliefs.
Personally, I really don’t care for the gorey scenes or the blood and guts costumes. I nver have and I never will.. But I have to say, that Halloween or Day of Dead celebrations can be the perfect opportunity to sit and talk with your children about those things that are very uncomfortable to talk about. Or these halloween antics may be something against your religous convictions and that is OK. But, you really do need to talk, rather then leave the kids guessing.
Parents can approach the gorey scences with empathy rather than judgement or other’s choices we may not approve of.. Let the kids dress-up evey day as part of play in out-fits you feel are most appropiate for their ages and your family beliefes. Kids won’t secretly feel so left out or different from peers when you don’t do the Trick or Treat thing.
Check out an old No Non-cents Nanna blog post below.