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Wondering how you can help your child rock the fancy dress competition? Here are some tips that would help you and your child to prepare for the costume party
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 favorite 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 introduces your child to the stage. It is a child's first step in learning to become confident. Appreciation and compliments make it an enjoyable and positive experience for the child, provided parents do not discourage the child with criticism and put-downs.
Here are a few tips for you to prepare your child for a fancy dress competition.
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 practice it until she is thorough.
Plan and prepare well in advance your child's fancy dress costume. Make sure that the colors 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.
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 jewelry 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.
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 skin-friendly 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.
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 centers around a particular theme, then plan accordingly.
Before your child steps onto 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 realize how your child feels wearing the costume and how he carries himself. A dress rehearsal has other benefits as well. It helps you practice 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.
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 there are plenty of choices for costumes, it's best to come up with an original idea and involve your child in making the fancy costume. This is also one wonderful way to relive your childhood. So, read these tips, be imaginative and have some fun!
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