Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Movement
- Dress up clothes (enough for the entire group)
- Large fabric scraps
- Old costume jewelry and neckties
- Art and collage materials including: feathers, fabric scraps, sequins, paper, scissors, glue sticks, and markers
- Plastic bags (one per child)
- Cassette recorder and music
- Special snack
- Creative thinking
- Social development
- Gross motor
Collect enough dress up items for each child in the group. Gather the selected items in a bag for each child.
Explain to children that they are going to have a costume ball. Invite them to share what they know about costume balls or parties. Encourage them to talk about any costume parties they have attended and what they wore.
Explain how they will each get a bag of dress up items to create a costume. Have extra jewelry, ties, and fabric on hand for children who may want to add to their costumes. Place art materials on a table so that children can make things for their costumes, such as hats, crowns, or badges.
Invite children to describe their costumes and how they made them to their classmates. Some may want to share a story about their costume or describe the character they are pretending to be.
Begin the costume ball by playing recorded music and inviting everyone to dance. Vary the music so that children have opportunities to move to slow music as well as faster tempos. Invite one child at a time to create a movement for all to follow. Include time for group or individual singing, too. Some children may want to sing a song that relates to their costume or character. Next, invite everyone to sing a few rounds of their favorite classroom songs.
Every good party includes special foods. Include a special snack for children to eat while in costume. (You may even want to prepare the special snack in advance as a classroom cooking project.)
Remember: You may want to include similar clothing items in each of the bags if you feel that children may focus too much on the items other children have.
Who Wears Uniforms? Send home a note inviting family members who have jobs that require uniforms to visit the class. Request that they wear or bring in their items to show the children. Prepare children so that they will have questions to ask their guests.
CURRICULUM CONNECTION: LITERACY
My Costume: Take photographs of each child while they are in costume. Assist them in writing or dictating a story about their character. Create a class book or wall display of their work.
Maisy Dresses Up by Lucy Cousins
My Closet Threw A Party by Robyn Parnell
What Will I Be? by Wendy Lewison