Teachers and students can both benefit from dress up occasions at school. Dressing up can help students learn better and enjoy their classes more, while allowing teachers to drive home the lessons much faster. Students, especially younger children, become more interested in class when there's an element of creativity and interaction involved. You can even make it more enjoyable for them by giving away simple prizes to those with the best costumes.
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Cowboys and Indians
Invite the students to dress up as cowboys and Indians as you teach them about the history of the old west, so they can appreciate the lesson better. They can either wear plaid shirts with leather vests, bootleg trousers and cowboy hats or faux leather dresses or loincloths (on top of black or beige leggings), depending on their gender and costume preference. An elaborate headdress and other accessories can enhance the look of any costume.
Assign the students different countries to represent during United Nations Day. Ask them to research the national costume of their assigned countries and dress up accordingly. Include a variety of countries from different continents. On the day itself, have each student tell something about her assigned nation so everyone can learn more facts about the world.
Fairy tale Characters
Have the students dress up as their favourite fairy tale characters. Children always love dressing up as princes and princesses, fairies and elves. Divide them into small groups in advance of the dress-up day and assign a fairy tale to each group. On the day itself, invite each group to act out its story for the rest of the class. Give prizes to the best group.
Let the younger kids dress up in their favourite animal costumes and share a fact about that particular animal. Little kids, particularly those in preschool, always look adorable in animal costumes. When studying about animals in science class, ask them to create their own costumes using paper, crayons and other art materials.
Tell the students to wear work uniforms for Career Day. Have them dress up as their dream careers or professions that interest them. Ask them to tell something about that particular job so other kids can find out about different career options.
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