During the winter months we all start going a little stir crazy; especially children. In most cases there’s sub-zero temps, finger-numbing winds and vicious blizzards. What is a parent to do? Sure you could enlist the free babysitting skills of Dora the Explorer or Mickey Mouse. Maybe let them spend countless hours playing "Angry Birds" or "Plants vs. Zombies". No judging, my kids love those games too. Ah, who am I kidding, I love those games!. Variety is the spice of life, but children should be encouraged to use their imaginations as well.
Try creative play during times of confinement. Playing dress-up has been a staple activity in the lives of children since the day we started wearing clothing. Not only is it entertaining, but it is also important to their development. Experts agree playing dress-up prepares children for skills used later in life. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, creative play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive and emotional strength.
Creative play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at very early ages engage and interact in the world around them. Undirected play (like dress-up) allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts and to learn self-advocacy skills. When play is allowed to be child-driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, discover their own areas of interest and ultimately engage fully in the passions they wish to pursue.
As a parent, you can encourage this growth by engaging with your kids play, as well as providing a safe and inviting environment for creative play; like providing dress-up supplies.
Finding out what your child would like to dress up like, is a fun activity itself! Engage you child in discovering favorite character(s) they would most like to portray. Draw inspirations from favorite books, movies, heroes—really it can come from anywhere.
Toddler Elmo Costume | Handy Manny Costume | Child Strawberry Shortcake | Child My Little Pony Costume
Care Bear Costume | Harry Potter Costume | Hermione Costume | Blue Power Ranger Costume
Captain America Costume | Wonder Woman Costume | Dark Knight Batman Costume | Black Widow Costume
Everyday Hero Costumes
Police Officer Costume | ER Doctor Costume | Firefighter Costume | Girls Top Gun Costume
NASCAR Costume | NFL Uniform Costume | MLB Uniform Costume | NHL Uniform Costume
Kids Gladiator Costume | Child Juliet Costume | Boys Viking Costume | Colonial Girl Costume
Kids Cinderella Costume | Kids Aurora Costume | Kids Belle Costume | Child King Robe and Crown Set
And what dress-up adventure is complete without an awesome escape? Creating a fun space for these new little characters to dwell in is easier than you might think. Create a play house, fort, castle or dungeon … anything your child can think of, using PVC piping! Here are a couple of tutorials to start you out (the possibilities are endless!)
Magical Tent Tutorial | Sweet Canopy Tutorial | Fort Frame Tutorial
And just for good measure, here are a couple more ingenious ideas!
Storage for Dress-up Clothes Idea | Obstacle Course Tutorial | Cave with Stars Tutorial
Kate Horvat is a staff writer for HalloweenCostumes.com