How Fancy Dress Is More Than Just Fun

August 07, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has presented us all with lots of challenges. While the lockdown meant that day nurseries here in Cheshire and Manchester, as well as the rest of the UK, were out of action, parents everywhere were trying to find that elusive balance of keeping their little ones educated and entertained at the same time.

And at home there are lots of ways we’ve been helping children to learn and develop, often without even realising just how beneficial these things are. For example, turn-taking games, imaginative play and reading might sound like some of your simple go-to activities, but they are much more than that.

These sorts of games can help your child to develop their fine and gross motor skills, promote independence, build confidence and hone interpersonal skills.

PE with Joe— Fancy Dress Fridays

Another activity you might have already been taking part in is fancy dress. It’s a really fun way to help children be creative, and it’s something that the whole family can take part in.

You might have even been one of the thousands of people taking part in ‘PE with Joe’ throughout lockdown, with Joe Wicks acting as the nation’s PE teacher through his live weekday HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts on his YouTube channel.

In April he first asked families to get in the Friday fun spirit by sporting costumes for his ‘fancy dress Friday’ fitness session, and the nation embraced the idea and jumped straight on board.

Parents and kids alike dressed up as Wonder Woman, The Hulk, mermaids, Disney princesses, a Star Wars Stormtrooper, Captain America, and Mario and Luigi, to name a few. It was a great way for children to get creative, and it made exercise more fun for little ones.

Wild animals for Chester Zoo

More recently, nursery children have dressed up as their favourite animals and taken part in a variety of fun animal-themed games and activities, all in the name of raising some much needed funds for Chester Zoo.

The nursery children did a sponsored wild animal stampede around the garden, played with animal-related resources, listened to animal stories, and enjoyed lots of animal-related sensory and exploratory play, arts and crafts.

There’s also be an opportunity for children to take part in a ‘summer stampede’ through Chester Zoo, where children dress up as their favourite wild animals for a sponsored walk. The fancy dress makes it fun and exciting for little ones, but creates so many learning opportunities, too, such as learning about species, sounds, colours, habitats and animal behaviours.

Anytime, anywhere

One of the best things about fancy dress is that it’s easy, accessible and affordable. You don’t need to spend lots on costumes—in fact, there’s more opportunity for creativity and imagination if you don’t have a set outfit for a particular character. 

And you can do it anywhere, whether it’s at home with you and the family or here at one of our nurseries. Children can enjoy the fun of fancy dress while learning and developing at the same time.

If you need a nursery in Manchester city centre or the surrounding areas, then come and talk to us today.

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