To disguise yourself is to become someone else, according to your imagination. For young children, it is also an opportunity to practice dress up skills: find the place and upside down, put on, button, zip, put on gloves, tie a belt, tie a knot or a loop. Once disguised, children can play characters or perform a show.
Creativity and motor skills
The imagination of your child is greatly solicited by this activity since it is your little one who decides how he will disguise. This free game can also develop its sense of initiative because the same material can be used very differently from one time to another: a piece of cloth can be used as a scarf, scarf, cape, bundle (attached to the end of a stick) or belt.
No need to wait for Halloween to have the pleasure of dressing up. A rainy day can become an opportunity to get out disguises. When the weather is nice, disguises can also be integrated into outdoor games.
When several children have fun together, the pleasure is multiplied, because everyone can help to create characters and imagine the scenario of the game: “With this hat, you could make a boat captain and I, with this bandeau, I will be the pirate who will attack your boat! ”
A box of disguises will interest both boys and girls, as long as you pay attention to the items you will put there.
The child often enjoys playing a trade when he disguises himself. Knowing that the preschooler associates each trade with external signs, it will be easy to include appropriate objects or clothing in the bag. Thus, wearing a red hat, he will become a fireman and with a cap, the manager of a sports team. If he puts on a white shirt, he will be a doctor or a veterinarian.
Another advantage of the box of disguises is that it still remains interesting for your child. It is enough to replace 2 or 3 objects to renew its games. It is also very simple to change the contents of the bag according to the development and preferences of your child. Just pay attention to what interests your child (firefighters, veterinarians, fairy tales, superheroes) and offer disguises that will respond to this interest.
Children are gradually learning to dress. They are first able to undress before they know how to dress. This skill evolves over the months, thanks to the development of their fine motor skills.
From 3 to 4 years: he undresses alone except for fasteners, clothes difficult to pass over the head or back closure.
From 4 to 5 years: he dresses only, except for certain fasteners or some tight clothing; it detaches and attaches a button of average size; he recognizes the back and the front of his clothes; he ties the buckle of a belt or sandal.
What to put in the costume suitcase
A box of disguises does not require any purchase. When you have clothes that you no longer wear or objects that you no longer use, consider putting them in the trunk of disguises. You can give them a second life. In the hands of your children, these objects can become real treasures. Here are some suggestions:
Objects that do not have specific functions stimulate your child’s creativity. A piece of cloth can become a cape of a superhero or a magician, a baton can turn into a knight’s sword, a princess’s baton or a conductor’s baton, and so on.
Clothing such as shawls, hats, T-shirts, blouses, scarves, gloves, belts, ties or slippers. In short, all the clothes your child can have fun wearing. Feel free to modify them with a marker or scissors to meet the interest of your child. However, make sure these clothes are not too big to prevent falls.
Accessories that will complete the disguise and stimulate the creation of characters and role plays: a purse to play the merchant, a notebook and a pencil to play the restaurant, a hairbrush to play the hairdresser, old books and a notebook to play at school, a purse, a bunch of keys, an old camera, an old phone, an empty cereal box, a musical instrument like a harmonica or a drum, etc.
A doggie that your child may also want to disguise or a doll that will become a baby.
Picture books to tell him a story, old circulars for groceries.
A surprise box containing small unusual items: a spool of thread, pretty pebbles, a clothespin, a bottle of plastic or fake flowers.