October: Fancy Dress

by FS&TS

‘Tis the season of candy corn and pumpkins, and all the kids are starting to talk about what they are going to be for Halloween.  But dressing up isn’t just a way to get candy from the neighbors.  It’s also a great way to practice important self-care skills, and you can do it all year round!  Dressing up is a great way to practice putting clothes on and taking them off without the time constraints of the normal morning routine.  It’s also a fun opportunity to work on fine motor skills like buttoning, snapping, zipping, and tying.  If your child is having trouble with fasteners on his or her own body, you can have him or her help dress up parents, grandparents, or siblings.  It’s also a great activity to use to facilitate peer interactions and imaginative play.  You can take turns picking clothes and accessories, put on a short play, or just have a fashion photo shoot!