This is an excellent time of the year to check out 2nd-hand stores such as Goodwill, for dress up items or costume pieces. I think our local Goodwill must hold on to costumes all year for Halloween time because I don’t usually find these things at other times. Recently I found these items. I was especially looking for pieces that could be considered multi-cultural like this vest:
This is a Disney jacket, probably from a Captain Hook costume.
Dressing up is a much loved, fun activity for little kids but it’s also very important. It helps them build vocabulary, encourages pretend or role playing and builds confidence. Dress up play encourages imagination, causing the mind to work in ways it wouldn’t otherwise. Kids practice what they’ve seen – using tools and words they may have seen when they were at the doctor.
Superhero costumes are always a hit!
I love this little “dress”. It has Indian influences.
Here’s a camouflage jacket
Always need more doctor or vet dress up jackets
I think the hula skirt is maybe the most popular, boys & girls alike!
How cool is this kid?! He is without the costume too!! This was a great find – it’s like an apron in the front – it goes over the head with the cape in the back & the front ties at the waist.
As I posted about before, goggles are a big hit here.
Dramatic play is rarely a silent or solo activity. Kids socialize and take turns, and use words while pretending. It’s a good idea to play along with the kids for a while so they can model phrases and actions that would be used in the role. It extends their play and makes it seem more real.
Even the younger set benefit from dressing up even if they are not so involved in imaginative play. They work at taking clothes on and off, manipulating buttons and zippers, building their self help skills. They also observe the older kids and copy their behaviors while wearing the costumes.
Dramatic play also develops problem solving and creativity, both skills needed all through life!
Other great dress up items for dramatic play:
- Hats: firefighter, construction helmets, Easter hats, winter headbands!, cowboy hats, anything unusual you can find
- gloves: dollar section at Target during Easter time has child sized gloves
- sunglasses/goggles/glasses with lenses removed
- play silks
- dance costumes
- superhero costumes
- construction/fire fighter vests
- doctor jackets, scrubs
- purses, wallets, play money, small suitcases/luggage
- seasonal items: mittens, scarves, winter hats/umbrellas, rain boots, rain jackets