This post is sponsored by Antsy Pants. All opinions are my own.
Imaginative play is essential for children. It helps children build their skills – emotion and social. It helps them experiment with different life scenarios. It helps children cooperate, take turns, problem solve and interact. It’s an important learning and teaching tool that most kids naturally participate in.
When I was growing up my friends and I were really into a certain television show and would play episodes from that show every afternoon. We didn’t have costumes to assist us in our play time but we did have a few of the characters accessories which really enhanced the game, in my opinion. Now as a Mom, I definitely want my children to spend time using their imaginations to play but I would love to help assist the creative environment by providing costumes to help them get really into the games.
Now, of course the construction vehicle is a really fun tool to bring out the imagination of my kids alone, but how fun would it be to take it a step further with a costume. When I was little I wanted nothing more than to have a costume of that show we were playing, but I never got it. Now as a Mom I have found easy ways to piece together costumes so my kids can have that extra help with their imaginative play.
A few years back my husband and I wanted to create some easy DIY costumes. We found a fun and easy way to piece together a construction worker, which now, years later my next son is using to help him play with this construction vehicle. The below picture shows what we did. We found a vest from a craft store, added a sticker to a plastic hard hat, and turned a fabric apron into a tool belt.
- belt/ apron
- plastic tools
- measuring tape
- building toys
In my recent toy purge to donate to a local charity, I got rid of all our plastic tools and the work bench. I didn’t know at the time this awesome construction vehicle would be coming to play. Talk about bad timing, however, I found that we had a robot construction kit which included a plastic wrench and some bolts, so the kids have pretended they were building this those. Go through your own toys and see how you can repurpose them to go with the theme of play.
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