Dressing-up is one of childhood's most precious activities. When children put on a costume they are instantly transported into a world of role play where they can take on the guise of whoever they want to be. The props and clothing add that extra element of play value that helps to create the scene and fires up the child's imagination to completely embrace the game of make-believe.
Having a dressing-up box filled with fabulous outfits and accessories is a wonderful addition to any home and it needn't be expensive. Old costume jewellery, hand me down clothing, bits and bobs from charity shops or even lengths of old material can be a treasure chest of fun to a young child, inspiring them into an imaginative game.
With Halloween fast approaching, fancy dress is an important part of the proceedings as children dress up and embrace the fun of the season. I love the excuse to get dressed up myself and enjoy entering that imaginary world that I create when I put on a fancy dress costume.
There are some great companies out there producing some wonderful, ready to wear costumes. Whether you are celebrating Book Week, going to a party, Trick or Treating or just having fun at home, there are some fabulous outfits on the market. How about this brilliant outfit that Freddy is wearing? It brings history alive as he becomes a knight, a prince or a king with his sword, shield, crown, cape and tunic.
His outfit is from Great Gizmos' award winning Great Pretenders label, which opens up a world of fantasy with its gorgeous range of costumes for children aged 2 - 8 years old. Their latest line in historical, royal themed outfits for Autumn 2012 are out of this world. The King outfit and accessories that Freddy were sent are absolutely beautifully made and quite simply stunning.
He immediately embraced his role as King Freddy The Great, slaying dragons (which were actually my legs) with his sword, wielding his shield and swishing his cape! Everything fitted really nicely and he loved the shiny fabric that looked very dignified and noble!
Girls can also dress as royalty with a turquoise Marie Antoinette gown (just be sure they don't lose their heads!) or a sumptuous red and gold Elizabeth I dress that is fit for a queen! If your little one is more superhero than royal family, the reversible superhero hood and capes see little crime fighters switch between Batman to Spiderman in a simple flip of their outfit. The reversible Fairytale pinafore allows little girls to act out fairytales transforming between a bright yellow frock to a pink and white pinafore. Double the play value! The Fairy outfits are amazing with matching wings and flower headdresses making your little fairies look very fanciful and very beautiful. The whole range of outfits and accessories would make much loved gifts that would be treasured by any child.
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Freddy was sent his King's outfit for the purpose of this review.