Fancy dress competitions are a popular activity at school 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.
Participating in fancy dress competitions helps children develop confidence as they must come on stage and face the 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. Plan the costume
Plan and prepare well in advance the costume your child should wear. 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. Also, the costume should be comfortable to wear.
2. Work on make-up
Once you have planned the costume, you need to think about the make-up your child should wear, as make-up is very important to maximise the effect. Choose non-comedogenic make-up and lead-free lipsticks as they are gentle on the sensitive skin of children. If you want to avoid applying make-up on your child’s face, then opt for masks to go with the costume.
3. Make props and accessories yourself
Make the costume yourself (at least as much as you can), if possible, to 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.
4. Plan the performance
Fancy dress competitions are not just about 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 to help her enliven her character 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 isn’t enough, make your child learn and practise it until she is thorough.
5. Be imaginative and unique, don’t opt for common 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 ideas. But if the competition centres around a particular theme, then plan accordingly.
6. Have a dress rehearsal
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 dress and how he carries himself. A dress rehearsal has many other benefits as well. It helps you practise how to dress your child up, gives you time to think and improvise, and gives you the opportunity to address any issues early on.
7. Boost your child’s morale and add to his enthusiasm
Build up the excitement in the days before the competition. This will help your child look forward to it and give his best. Try to involve him in every stage of the preparation process, making it an enjoyable affair. This way, he will get to know more about the character and understand what he should do to improve his performance.
Preparing for a fancy dress competition with your child is a great way to spend time together and bring out your creative best. So, give it your best shot.