Why are fancy dress costumes so important to children?

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Fancy dress costumes have been around for centuries; they make a great gift and are a nice way to reward children for good behaviour. They are loved by people of all ages, but for children in particular they bring a wide range of social and emotional benefits too...

Probably one of the most obvious benefits of fancy dress costumes is that thy are fun to wear! The thought of being transformed into an adventurous Pirate or cackling Witch is often enough to excite any child! Costumes can entertain children for hours, even if they are playing on their own!

Fancy dress costumes are beautiful to look at too and this alone can boost a child's self-esteem and make then feel more glamourous and interesting when they wear it! Disney for example manufacturer many stunning costumes from Snow White and Cinderella to Peter Pan and Captain Jack Sparrow and all these make great party outfits too!

In terms of socialising, fancy dress costumes provide a useful ice-breaker helping build relationships. The costume provides a ready-made talking point for example and can even help children overcome shyness, as people are most likely to approach them and compliment them on how nice they look!

Emotionally, dressing up and play acting can also help children express themselves better. When children struggle communicating for example they tend to cry or become angry, however play acting can help children better control these emotions.

Costumes also help children escape their own character by adopting the persona of someone else. This not only helps children to be more considerate (by helping them become more aware of other peoples thoughts and feelings), but it also increases self-awareness as they see themselves from a different perspective too!

Fancy dress costumes can help develop your child's imagination as they see themselves in a fantasy worlds and make-believe stories. Many experts claim the imagination for example is 'the gift of childhood' which should be regularly nurtured!

Costumes help build confidence as they encourage children to perform and act in front of people!

There are many other benefits of fancy dress costumes, such as they can extend your childs enjoyment of their favourite film or book even after the story has finished, to the fact they encourage talking in general and help improve conversation skills. Perhaps the biggest advantage of all however is that they make a child feel special!


Thank you for reading this article, we hope you found it useful and enjoyed the read. If you have time, please feel free to browse our current ranhe of fancy dress costumes, party supplies and novelty items! - who knows what you will find!

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