27 July 2011

Playing Dress Up

My daughter changes clothes no fewer than ten times a day.  And that's a conservative estimate. Anything is fair game for dress up, but usually it's a spin on some sort of princess idea.  Sometimes she is a princess rockstar, other times she is an oriental princess (she confiscated a silk robe with an oriental pattern of mine - I'll never get it back).  She could be a Princess maid, or a princess action hero (I love this one - it comes complete with Thor's hammer, Iron Man's arc reactor, and Green Lantern's ring and mask), or a Princess wizard (with Harry Potter's wand).  The fun never ends around here.

When we watch The Wizard of Oz, she puts on her Dorothy costume from Halloween.  We'll curl her hair and put it in ponytails, just like Dorothy.  When we watch The Princess Bride, she wears something long and flowing, and one of her many crowns.  When it's a rainy day, I'll let her pick a lipstick of mine and I'll curl her hair into a million ringlets and we'll have a tea party.

Her dress up bin is bottomless, and the anticipation of what she's going to come out of her room in is so fun for us.  Nothing is seasonal (who else but a kid will wear knit tights in 100 degree weather?), nothing doesn't match (ruby red slippers with orange tie-dye), and everything is glamourous.

I cherish these moments with her!  It is so fun to see the elaborate lengths she'll go to when she invents a new persona, and she then inhabits that new character completely.  We have to call her by that name,  she gives her little brother some sort of role to play, and if they're lucky that cats can get in on the dress up game too.   Is there anything better than the imagination of a child?

We recently recieved a copy of The Costume Trunk to read together, and loved every page!  Additionally, we were lucky enough to receive a Paddywhack Lane playset - watch for my review of that tomorrow!

In The Costume Trunk, Courtney and her friends discovers the magical world of Paddywhack Lane where all they need is their imagination to have fun. As a member of From Left to Write book club, I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own. You can read other members' posts inspired by The Costume Trunk by Bob Fuller on book club day, July 28 at From Left to Write.

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