Dressing up is a super duper fun part of our Wonderful Wednesdays' each week during the school year! Kids love to dress up and become something other than they are. It stimulates the mind in a way that not many other things can. The process of pulling together costumes from a variety of places and utilizing a variety of items in new and possibly unique ways -is a very creative process for both the kids and parents. When the day comes to actually pull off the dress up, I find that I end up having just as much fun as my child. It feels like I'm creating individual pieces of recycled art, as I pull together the various elements to see them go from my minds' eye to real life. Sometimes, they come out way better than I thought and other times, I have to change out an element or even start over because it doesn't go as well as I had hoped! I thought I would share with you how I use the Wonderful Wednesday Plan to develop out my ideas for costumes and where I find my treasures!
The first thing I do is print out my Wonderful Wednesday Plan.
Once I have printed the plan, the Wish List, and written out my ideas for elements on each costume, then I peruse my closets for anything that looks like it will work! Sarah has a lot of dress ups from the years, so I start there first to see if any elements can be pulled and used for this year's costume. I then go to my closet and my husband's, to see if there are any treasures that can be used as elements for each week. Once I've exhausted my own home for elements, I begin to head out to the various Goodwill and consignment shops. I do this over the summer as I see them or am out and about. I always have my planning book with me so I can take it with me into the store and see if anything grabs me as an element for one of the week's costumes. I have found things at Goodwill, Children's Orchard, Upscale Resale, Dollar Store and other places here and there. I even stopped at a store in Virginia on my way home from visiting family because they looked like they had a lot of civil war stuff and boy did they!
If I really can't seem to find anything that works or my daughter really likes a specific costume from Amazon, I will on occasion, purchase it instead of pulling it together myself. I will do this if I am completely stuck and can't seem to find anything that I like or feel will work. I much prefer though, to create them myself. However, some costumes are more difficult than others to create and I have to say uncle occasionally. =) If you aren't the creative sort or you don't want to incur the expense or spend the time to make your own costumes in full, then I would suggest just coming up with one or two elements such as a hat, pipe, wig etc. to capture the idea of the character or time period and still participate in a dress up themed learning day with your kids.
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