Wait...what? Dress-up? Is this ART???
But, we believe that the dress-up bin has the potential to include a variety of homemade (CHILD-made) items. There's the possibility for CREATION. And THAT is the Art.
So, ORANGE EASEL doesn't have an Elsa costume? Let's make one!
(And we're not talking about the picture-perfect one that you see on Pinterest that is a 24 page pdf pattern that Momma sew together. We're talking CHILD-directed, CHILD-created. It isn't going to look like something from the store. And that's okay. Actually it's better.)
One of the best gifts we can give our children is the belief that they can be MAKERS. If something isn't accessible, they can MAKE it exist. If something isn't readily available, they can FIND it and MAKE it.
We are called to be makers...inventors, creators, and problem solvers. Make it. And be proud of what you've created. These handmade articles should be kept alongside our manufactured items and given the same value, if not more.
Below is a list of dress-up play items to get you started creating items for your dress-up bin. Make a few with the kids to get them started THINKING about costume creation. Once they know it's a possibility, they'll be coming up with their own patterns and designs!
Build your Dress-Up Bin
MAKE A MASK
This is an easy mask from Picklebums that we're doing this month with our preschool classes. The cardboard egg cartons are a wonderful material to paint on!
Our little artists are having fun adorning them with glitter glue, gemstones and feathers.
What's the favorite item in your dress-up bin?