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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 : 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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 : Secret Garden Hideaway Canopy, in Pink
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Secret Garden Hideaway Canopy, in Pink
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HearthSong® Exclusive - The Secret Garden Hideaway Canopy is a decorative canopy that envelops kids in an imaginary world of enchantment. Hang it from the ceiling over a play space or over a twin-size bed, or suspend it from a tree limb for outdoor play. The Hideaway features fluttering ribbons attached to a large, colorful flower canopy and nylon tie-backs. It has room for several children to play. Adult installation required. For ages 3 and up. Size: 7' tall, approx. 12' in circumference. Color: Pink.

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