I have never been one of Halloween's biggest fans, but the holiday has taken on new meaning since having children of my own. Imaginative play is such an important part of early learning and development that it is hard to ignore the obvious connection between creative play and the opportunity to dress in costume. Imaginative play and dress up are a never-ending holiday in toddler and preschool world, which is why we make a point to create more of our Halloween costume efforts than simply planning for a one day event.
One strategy in this effort is to find or create a costume the boys can easily access before and after the Halloween celebration on October 31st. How do we accomplish this?
Involving your child in the process of creating a costume is another opportunity to get creative and build important skills. One of our favorite activities for brainstorming costume ideas involves a little time outside and some sidewalk chalk. Simply trace your child's body while they lay on the ground and then allow them to fill in the outline to fit the "costume." This is a great vocabulary building activity and opportunity for a child to represent ideas through picture.
While October 31st marks the "official" date for getting into costume, creating the opportunity for your child to engage in pretend play is something to celebrate whenever possible. Skills such as seeing the perspective of others and divergent thinking (the ability to come up with different ideas and story themes) are fostered through pretend play along with there being benefits to your child's overall cognitive, social and emotional development.
ABOUT CHRISSY K
I am mom to three boys (one with several life-threatening food allergies) who will never own too many picture books or create Pinterest-worthy snacks. Simply Chrissy K is a place to find helpful tips on parenting that stem from my work with families as an educational consultant and parenting coach.
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