Costumes ahoy


Published on 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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Costumes ahoy

  1. 1. Costumes Ahoy!
  2. 2. Some parents who send their children to ourMontessori early childhood centre dothe Halloween thing and some don’t.
  3. 3. But whether you do or whether youdon’t, most children enjoy the chance to dress up in a costume at some stage.
  4. 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. 5. this is a good time to talk about fancy dress and costumes in general.
  6. 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. 7. Most children love the role-play aspect of dressing up, and even adults like fancy dress now and again.
  8. 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. 9. But even at other times, children love toplay dressing up – and that’s boys and girls.
  10. 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. 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. 12. This helps them to think about theworld around them and the roles that people play in the community.
  13. 13. Just think about how a child plays when he or she puts on a police uniform.
  14. 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. 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. 16. But fantasy play using dress upcostumes isn’t always as realistic as this.
  17. 17. Fantasy play using costumes alsogives children to explore a world of the imagination and to really stretch the “fantasy” part. 
  18. 18. This helps children develop their creativity, if you want to put aneducational spin on what they’re doing.
  19. 19. And they’re also having great fun! 
  20. 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. 21. And it’s easy to start your owncollection of dressing up clothes at home.
  22. 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. 23. And remember to tidy them all up andput them back in the box once the play session is over.
  24. 24. Enjoy the costume party!