Playgrounds are great places for kids to stretch their muscles and their minds. Dressing up adds an extra dimension and may encourage children to be more outgoing. Dress up play isn't just fun though, it's also a great way to build confidence, vocabulary, emotional and social skills. Planning a playground â€˜dress up day' challenges children to approach the playgrounds as a theater like space, and to use the equipment as props in their imaginative play.
Safety should always be the number one priority when children are involved. Be sure to provide a costume guideline and make parents know these are great tips to keep in mind whenever their children hit the playground.
Check your shoes. Flipflops, sandals and Crocs are a convenient choice when you're heading out the door but they are major no nos on the playground. Children should always wear closed toed footwear that fastens securely with either lace or Velcro.
Keep the weather in mind. Children overheat extremely easily, costumes should play second fiddle to comfort. Try to pick a theme that matches the season, allowing children to layer during cold weather and avoiding heavy clothes during summer.
Dress up but skip long dresses. Children should try to wear clothes that let them jump, climb and explore. Long dresses, pants that restrict movement or clothes that just won't stay on, should be eschewed in favor of sturdier clothing.
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