Fancy Dress Fun

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Childen love playing dress-up. Dressing up helps children practise self-care skills related to dressing, encourages thinking about the community and stimulates fantasy play. Fantasy play is particularly beneficial for the imagination if children write their own play scripts as they go along rather than enacting a story. This can be encouraged by providing generic costumes rather than or as well as licensed ones. As the dress-up options for small girls seem to be somewhat limited in modern culture, there’s a list of suggestions that get out of the sparkly princess and fairy rut – and boys might like some of these.

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  • Fancy Dress Fun

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  • Ah, the good old dressing up box.

  • Every home with pre-schoolers (and older

    children) should have a dressing up box

    somewhere.

  • There are many educational bonuses that

    come from having a fancy dress box.

  • Firstly, the children playing with the items

    in there get to practise some of their self-

    care skills (something were right into

    with Montessori education) as they put the

    items on: doing up buttons, getting clothes

    round the right way and all the rest of it.

  • Secondly, playing with dress-up clothes

    encourages fantasy play, which is

    excellent for stimulating creative thinking

    and the imagination.

  • Experts say that fantasy play is most

    beneficial if children write their own

    scripts for the stories they act out in

    their play rather than following a script

    dictated by a book, movie or a TV show.

  • Children will re-enact what theyve heard

    or seen, of course. Theyve been doing this

    long before TV was invented, so it would

    be wrong to blame this medium for

    scripted fantasy play.

  • But your children are more likely to go for

    unscripted play (i.e. writing their own

    scripts) if the dress up items are more

    generic rather than associated with a

    certain character.

  • This doesnt mean that you should ban all

    Spiderman and Snow White costumes as a

    way of encouraging unscripted play.

  • They have their place, as long as they dont

    dominate. And a child who has a mental

    diet of a range of things (books, good TV

    shows and movies) will take their

    characters into new situations.

  • But it would be wise to keep the licensed

    costumes to a minimum. It tends to be

    cheaper, too!

  • The American feminist writer and mother

    Peggy Orenstein wrote a very enlightening

    and sometimes funny book entitled

    Cinderalla Ate My Daughter

  • She highlights the way the emphasis on

    princesses, especially of the Disney sort,

    programmes little girls into a lifestyle of

    obsessing about looks and consumerism.

  • This book highlights the fact that when it

    comes to costumes and dressing-up

    options for girls in particular, the options

    seem to be rather limited to fairies,

    princesses and fairy princesses, with the

    odd mermaid (probably a princess as

    well).

  • It would probably be helpful for your

    child, whether male or female, to provide

    dress-up items that arent gender-limiting.

  • This isnt to say that you should ban

    princess gear everybody likes a bit of

    sparkly bling and a tiara or so now and

    again. But you should have other options

    available.

  • More interesting articles about children

    learning and Montessori Learning

    Activities at

    www.fridayschildmontessori.com