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Costumes Ahoy!

Some parents who send their children to our Montessori early childhood centre do the Halloween thing and some don’t.

But whether you do or whether you don’t, most children enjoy the chance to dress up in a costume at some stage.

And seeing as this time of year is when you get nearly every single department store sending you catalogues containing a selection of costumes for Halloween,

this is a good time to talk about fancy dress and costumes in general.

Sometimes, it’s fun to have a good fancy dress costume handy for a special party – whether or not this is a Halloween party.

Most children love the role-play aspect of dressing up, and even adults like fancy dress now and again.

(Puzzling question for the day, adults: is it worse to go to a normal party in fancy dress by mistake, or is it worse to go in normal clothes to a fancy dress party by mistake?)

But even at other times, children love to play dressing up – and that’s boys and girls.

Dressing up is a great stimulus for fantasy play. By donning a costume, children get to act out a role and use their imaginations.

Sometimes, this fantasy play is preparation for the adult world – they get to dress up as people from various occupations and play at having a real adult job.

This helps them to think about the world around them and the roles that people play in the community.

Just think about how a child plays when he or she puts on a police uniform.

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…

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.

But fantasy play using dress up costumes isn’t always as realistic as this.

Fantasy play using costumes also gives children to explore a world of the imagination and to really stretch the “fantasy� part.

This helps children develop their creativity, if you want to put an educational spin on what they’re doing.

And they’re also having great fun!

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.

And it’s easy to start your own collection of dressing up clothes at home.

In best Montessori fashion, it’s best to have these separate from “regular” clothes, probably in a box as a sort of “set”.

And remember to tidy them all up and put them back in the box once the play session is over.

Enjoy the costume party!

Costumes Ahoy  
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...