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http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/costumes-ahoy/ Whether or not you participate in Halloween, dressing up with costumes is fun for children, and helps develop their imaginations, as well as …

http://www.fridayschildmontessori.com/blog/costumes-ahoy/ Whether or not you participate in Halloween, dressing up with costumes is fun for children, and helps develop their imaginations, as well as allowing them to work on a few self-care skills with buttons, etc.

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  • 1. Costumes Ahoy!www.fridayschildmontessori.com
  • 2. Some parents who send their children to ourMontessori early childhood centre dothe Halloween thing and some don’t.
  • 3. But whether you do or whether youdon’t, most children enjoy the chance to dress up in a costume at some stage.
  • 4. And seeing as this time of year is whenyou get nearly every single department store sending you catalogues containing a selection of costumes for Halloween,
  • 5. this is a good time to talk about fancy dress and costumes in general.
  • 6. Sometimes, it’s fun to have a good fancy dress costume handy for aspecial party – whether or not this is a Halloween party.
  • 7. Most children love the role-play aspect of dressing up, and even adults like fancy dress now and again.
  • 8. (Puzzling question for the day, adults: is it worse to go to a normal party infancy dress by mistake, or is it worse to go in normal clothes to a fancy dress party by mistake?)
  • 9. But even at other times, children love toplay dressing up – and that’s boys and girls.
  • 10. Dressing up is a great stimulus forfantasy play. By donning a costume,children get to act out a role and use their imaginations. 
  • 11. Sometimes, this fantasy play is preparation for the adult world – theyget to dress up as people from variousoccupations and play at having a real adult job.
  • 12. This helps them to think about theworld around them and the roles that people play in the community.
  • 13. Just think about how a child plays when he or she puts on a police uniform.
  • 14. Usually, they’re out to catch the “bad guys” and put them in jail. Or think about a child playing doctors or builders or fire fighters…
  • 15. or any other job that has a recognizable uniform. It’s easy to see that this fantasy play is helping them become good citizens – which is one of the goals of Montessori education.
  • 16. But fantasy play using dress upcostumes isn’t always as realistic as this.
  • 17. Fantasy play using costumes alsogives children to explore a world of the imagination and to really stretch the “fantasy” part. 
  • 18. This helps children develop their creativity, if you want to put aneducational spin on what they’re doing.
  • 19. And they’re also having great fun! 
  • 20. And, depending on the costume,playing dressing up also gives children the chance to exercise their self-care skills using zips, laces, buttons and other fastenings.
  • 21. And it’s easy to start your owncollection of dressing up clothes at home.
  • 22. In best Montessori fashion, it’s best to have these separate from “regular”clothes, probably in a box as a sort of “set”.
  • 23. And remember to tidy them all up andput them back in the box once the play session is over.
  • 24. Enjoy the costume party!www.fridayschildmontessori.com

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