Costumes Ahoy! www.fridayschildmontessori.com
Some parents who send their children to our Montessori early childhood centre do the Halloween thing and some donâ€™t.
But whether you do or whether you donâ€™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, itâ€™s fun to have a good fancy dress costume handy for a special party â€“ 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 â€“ and thatâ€™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 â€“ 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. Itâ€™s easy to see that this fantasy play is helping them become good citizens â€“ which is one of the goals of Montessori education.
But fantasy play using dress up costumes isnâ€™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 â€œfantasyâ€? part.
This helps children develop their creativity, if you want to put an educational spin on what theyâ€™re doing.
And theyâ€™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 itâ€™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! www.fridayschildmontessori.com