Hello Readers! If you are a teacher of young children I have a question for you:
Would you give up your dress up clothing in favour of only scarves?
For a little background, go to my original post: Dress-Up Time
So in a nutshell, I decided last month to remove all the dress up clothing and place only scarves in that area. What are the results so far?
Scarves have been used for
-ballet and movement classes
-making new dress-up clothes by wrapping more that one scarf around bodies
-covering baby’s sleeping area to make a quiet corner, wrapping babies and giving babies rides and tosses in the air
-doggie sweaters and dog leashes
Each one of these play experiences was initiated by the children. I did not give them the ideas; they came up with it all themselves.
I did have an interesting reaction from one child when I first put the costumes away. The very next day she brought her own tutu to wear at dress up time but we don’t allow children to bring things from home and I explained that other children won’t have a tutu to wear so that might be difficult for them. It did not take a lot of convincing for her to abide by this rule. She seemed to understand and has not brought it back since. And she has had some great fun dancing with the scarves instead of her own tutu so it didn’t really stop her from doing what she had in mind. Other children have occasionally asked about costumes but they have all been able to move forwards and find other ideas for dramatic play.
So for now, the dress up things will stay away. I may put out a few santa hats this week but that’s about as far as I plan to go. Will the costumes stay packed away?
I will let you know but for now… we don’t miss them!
“The secret of happiness… is not found in seeking more but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” -Socrates
Do you agree with Socrates?