Gifted kids often have vivid and lively imaginations.  While there is nothing wrong with giving kids ready made costumes and props as an aid to their imaginative lives, it's a good idea to give them tools that allow their imaginations free reign. What parent hasn't noticed children playing for hours with an empty box? Tents that look like castles can be loads of fun, but so can open-ended props like the play stand and canopy from Magic Cabin. It can be a house, a fort, the cabin of a space shuttle, a submarine -- the only limit is your child's imagination.
Everything a child owns does not have to be so open-ended. A child can pretend to be an astronaut on a shuttle and use a large box or a home-made fort for the shuttle and a long sleeve shirt, long pants and a belt for a flight suit, but how much more fun is it to don an astronaut costume!

Just think balance -- a little bit of both types of props and Costumes.

Most kids don't need help creating their makeshift costumes and props, but some may need a little boost. This book might help!


Amazon.com editorial review of Let's Pretend:
All kids love to play pretend, and writer-illustrator Clare Beaton develops this idea in a book that suggests five different make-believe play themes, from Let's Play Restaurant to Let's Play School. Text and full-color illustrations suggest safe and easy ways to make props, and an introductory section gives simple instructions for cutting, sewing, and pasting cloth, paper, and cardboard.

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 : Play Stand w Shelf (Unfinished)
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Play Stand w Shelf (Unfinished)
from: Little Colorado, LLC

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Product Description:
Pictured in natural finish. Optional play stand silk drape and two wooden clips. Metal to metal connectors for long life and safety. Certified by National School Supply and Equipment Association. 16 CFR 1500, 16 CFR 1303 and ASTM F963 compliant. Warranty: One year. Made from solid pine wood. Made in America. Minimal assembly required. Wooden clips: 4 in. L x 1 in. W x 5 in. H. Play stand silk: 3 ft. L x 7 ft. W. Shelf: 36 in. W x 11 in. D x 14 in. H. Overall: 39 in. W x 14 in. D x 36 in. H (18 lbs.). Assembly Instructions. This is the finest quality Play Stand with tried and tested design. This is a versatile creative play accessory for home or school use.


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 : Arch for Play Stand Finish: Sanded / Unfinished
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Arch for Play Stand Finish: Sanded / Unfinished
from: Little Colorado

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Made of hardwood dowels and Baltic birch plywood.
Color / Finish: Sanded and Unfinished. Made in America.
Optional play stand silk drape and play stands are sold separately.
Playstands and Silk Drape not Included.
Sold Only Arch - Unfinished.


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 : Rainbow Playsilk By Sarah's Silks
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Rainbow Playsilk By Sarah's Silks
from: Sarah's Silks

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Playsilks, in the hands of children, are truly a bottomless toy chest. There are so many things that children will create with them. When playing dress-up, they will use playsilks to become pirates in one moment and birds in flight in another. Their size and texture make it easy for small hands to fold and tie. Their colors can inspire play using them as grass, sky, and water.


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Search Secret Garden Hideaway Bed Canopy Hanging Play Tent for Kids Bedroom, 7' H with 12' Bottom Circumference - Pink
from: HearthSong

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from: DEBUG

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 : LED Purple Starlight Bower, 24 dia. 84H Polyester girls room decor play space hideaway
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LED Purple Starlight Bower, 24 dia. 84H Polyester girls room decor play space hideaway
from: Magic Cabin

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Product Description:
Magic Cabin Exclusive - With flowing layers of lavender fabric, this bower is an inviting playtime hideaway by day and a delightful dream space at night. Shiny gold star details, ribbon trim, and a large gold star at the top make it especially enchanting. Stylishly pleated at the top, it features two graduated layers of purple fabric. The innermost layer is extra long so that it's sure to flow all the way to the floor. The best part is that the decorative canopy twinkles like the night sky thanks to a strand of LED lights. Made from polyester gauze suspended from an approx. 24"D hoop, the bower hangs from the ceiling or hang it anywhere from the Bower Stand. Requires 3 AA batteries (not included). Imported. The Starlight Floor Pillow adds the touch of opulence and comfort that completes this bower with its plush material, metallic purple edging, and embroidered star. For ages 3 and up.

Size: Hideaway: 24" diam.

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 : Celestial Starry Night Hideaway
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Celestial Starry Night Hideaway
from: HearthSong

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Product Description:
Kids benefit from a dedicated space to play (and parents do, too!). When kids have a place to call their own (and a place to contain their toys and activities), they feel comfortable and confident as they explore their world through play. Perfect for playing with friends or on their own, reading, dreaming, and creating, this hanging canopy play space is a must for any child’s play or bedroom. When kids step through the entry of this gauzy blue hideaway dotted with tiny stars, a magical world materializes. Bright LED string lights attached at the top lend an ethereal glow to the room, while shiny ribbon trim adds to the enchantment. Hang your HearthSong hideaway indoors or outdoors to create a special spot for you children to play. Hang from a hook in the ceiling indoors for year-round play or suspend from a tree branch or pole out in the yard or on the back porch to give kids fresh air. Store canopy hideaway indoors when not in use. Not meant to withstand the elements. Imported; spot clean. LED string lights require 3 AA batteries (not included). Size: 7'H x 12' circumference.


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