QUOTE OF THE DAY: Curly Sue barged into the bathroom this morning dressed as a bird… “Watch out! I’m going to peck you”. I feigned fright… “OH NO!”… quickly dropping the costume Curly Sue said “Don’t worry mummy it’s just me, Luke”. Oh the many layers of pretend!!! 🙂
GAME OF THE DAY: Dress ups!!! 🙂
Maybe it is an integral part to the biological makeup of my family, but whether it is or not, dressing up is like breathing in this house 🙂
There are far too many photos of me as a child in various invented costumes and many school memories of characters I have played. I don’t think there is cause for concern :), but I did so love (and still do) getting my teeth into a character and creating a good costume 🙂
Becoming a mum heralded a change of role….I would no longer be the actor, but the stage manager 🙂
Sunshine, right from VERY little, has had a love of “being”. She is not a “doing” kid, or a “busy” kid or a “practical, plan of action” kid. She is a colourful rainbow of talents, emotions and deep, deep thoughts. A dreamer, a creator, a natural born thespian! 🙂 Toys are a waste of time with her, but dress ups? Well they are loved till they are bursting at the seams 🙂
For her 3rd birthday, my hubby and I made her a huge dress up box that we painted. Family and friends were invited to fill it with dress ups and believe me it was a HIT!!! 🙂 Some of those precious gifts are still worn today and if not by her, they have been worn by the other three (yes, even Fuzz knows how to be a pirate at 10 months!).
We have never had a fund for such things as Disney Princess costumes, Transformer helmets, Barbie Mariposa wings that also serve has karaoke speakers 🙂 etc. Dress ups should not be a fashion statement! They should not break the bank or you will have a child who only owns one beautiful, handmade in Paris, .5 carrot diamond encrusted Sleeping beauty gown… and where is the fun in that, or the scope for play?
So what is in our box? (or old pink broken washing basket and various reusable shopping bags. :))
Old scarves, grown up shoes, $2 wigs, gloves, aunties old outdated clothes, handmade capes, gifted fairy dresses, beautiful finds from second hand thrift stores, belts, beads, plastic crowns, props from cheap asian gift stores and many other treasures!
My most valued tips:
1. Don’t make costumes too character specific, otherwise they will be rarely used. The odd mermaid tale or fairy dress is fine, but the most used items in our house have the versatility to be used for a Red Riding Hood one day and a Luke Skywalker the next 🙂
2. Shop your local thrift store!! I grew up with a Great Aunty who worked in a St Vincent de Paul second hand store… the love of perusing these kinds of stores has never left me. Many a great dress up can be picked up so cheaply and if you have a little imagination and a few tricks with scissors and needle, things can be transformed. For example, a green halter neck top made for a very small adult + a green satin formal skirt were transformed (very simply and quickly!) into a fantastic Tinkerbell costume for Sunshine, and it only cost me $4 (not $36!!)
3. Get in there yourself!!! Don’t be afraid to put a wig on or find some wings that can stretch enough onto your back…. and pretend!!! Our children will only be small once, and as cliche as that sounds, it is the truth. Pretend, play, laugh, create, show your children how to expand and use their imaginations and their world and yours will be so much richer for it!!
(Sunshine as a mermaid, Master Luke as Peter Pan and Curly Sue as Tinkerbell)
There are not many workplaces in the world where you can spend the day as a super hero fairy who wields a light saber and still be seen as proficient at what you do or SANE 🙂