How To Prepare Your Child For A Fancy Dress Competition

Wondering how you can help your child win the fancy dress competition at school? Here are some tips to prepare your child for the event along with some great costume ideas and dialogues for kids.

By Parama Gupta  • 8 min read

How To Prepare Your Child For A Fancy Dress Competition

Fancy dress competitions for kids are a popular activity at school, especially for nursery classes like LKG and UKG, and from grades 1 through 5. Children eagerly look forward to it as it allows them to live their fantasies by dressing up in costumes and acting like their favourite characters, cartoons or animals. Even parents start searching for unique costume ideas and dialogues for their kids. The excitement that builds up in the days leading to the competition is palpable, and increases with each passing day. 

Participating in fancy dress competitions helps children develop confidence as they must come on the stage and face an audience. It is also an enjoyable activity, with accolades continuing to pour in for a good performance long after the event is over.

Here are a few tips for you to prepare your child for a fancy dress competition.

1. Fancy dress competition ideas and dialogues

Fancy dress competitions are not just about creative costumes, but also about the way your child carries herself and enacts the character. So, it’s important that you come up with a good idea and dialogues to help her bring the character to life on stage. It could be a song, a dance, a monologue, a short speech or a mimicry. Also, remember that merely coming up with a good script and dialogues isn’t enough, help your child learn and practise it until she is thorough.

Here are some great fancy dress ideas for your child - Fancy Dress Competition: Dress Ideas And Themes For Kids.

2. Fancy dress costumes ideas

Plan and prepare well in advance your child’s fancy dress costume. Make sure that the colours and design of the costume effectively represent the character your child is going to portray. It is very important to pay attention to the details of the costume to maintain the authenticity of the character. Not to mention, the costume should be comfortable to wear so that your little one can act and move about freely.

Also read: 10 contemporary fancy dress ideas for your preschooler 

3. Work on make-up

Once you have planned the costume, you need to think about the make-up your child should wear. Make-up is a very important detail, whether the fancy dress competition is for boys or girls. Choose non-comedogenic make-up and lead-free lipsticks as they are gentle, especially on the sensitive skin of children. If you want to avoid applying make-up on your child’s face, then you could opt for costume masks instead.

Also read: fancy dress ideas for toddlers

4. Make props and accessories yourself

Make the costume yourself (at least as much as you can), if possible, as homemade fancy dress costumes bring in an element of creativity and add value. For instance, you can design the jewellery to go along with the costume or make the props the character uses. This is also a good way of involving your child in the process and sharpening her arts and craft skills.

5. Be imaginative and unique, don’t opt for common fancy dress costumes

Think of innovative and new costume ideas to help your child stand out in the competition. If there is no particular theme for the competition, then you have a greater scope for experimenting with creative ways to dress your child up. Look around your immediate surroundings or watch new TV shows to get fancy dress competition ideas. But if the competition centres around a particular theme, then plan accordingly.

6. Fancy dress rehearsal at home 

Before your child steps on to the stage, make sure that you do a dress rehearsal at home. This will help your child get used to the costume and move around with it. It will also help you realise how your child feels wearing the fancy dress costume and how he carries himself. A dress rehearsal has other benefits as well. It helps you practise dressing up your child, gives you time to think and improvise, and gives you the opportunity to address any costume or acting issues early on.

7. Boost your child’s morale and add to her enthusiasm

Build up the excitement in the days before the fancy dress competition. This will help your child look forward to it and give her best. Try to involve her in every stage of the preparation process, making it an enjoyable affair. This way, she will get to know more about the character and understand what she should do to improve her performance.

Fancy dress competitions for kids give parents a chance to be creative and is a great way to bond. While the market offers plenty of choices in terms of fancy dress costumes, it's best to come up with an original idea and involve your child in making the costume. This is also one wonderful way to relive your childhood. So, read these tips, be imaginative and have some fun! Fancy dress competitions are a popular activity in schools and one of the most exciting events that children look forward to. They eagerly look forward to it as it allows them to live their fantasies by dressing up and acting like their favourite characters. The excitement that builds up in the days leading to the competition is palpable, and increases with each passing day.

Read also: 10 Contemporary Fancy Dress Ideas for Your Kids

About the author:

Written by Parama Gupta on 9 Aug 2018; updated on 3 February 2020

Parama Gupta is a freelance writer and a higher education professional, with experience of teaching courses of mass communication at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. As a writer, her areas of interest include education (primary, secondary and higher education), travel and children's literature and films.

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