Clothes are a part of our daily lives. We usually wear some sort of clothing every day.  Clothing can work for us in many ways. It can be functional or perhaps a way to express our personalities, but clothing can also be used to allow children to develop many life skills.

Using clothing for play, especially in the form of dress ups is a fantastic way for children to learn about many things.  Dress ups encourage creative play which is recognised as an important aspect to children’s development. As a form of imaginative play, dress ups encourage problem solving and self-regulation by creating scenarios and acting out scenes.  This helps children develop problem solving skills, communications skills, team work, sharing and general social skills.  The act of putting on different types of clothing also helps to develop gross and fine motor skills.

You don’t need to buy specialty costumes for your children.  Some of the most imaginative play can come from clothing and other items that you will already have in your home.  Here are some ideas of what could go into a dress up kit:

  • blankets
  • towels
  • scarves
  • hats
  • mittens
  • gloves
  • old clothing items (like dress shirts, skirts, or jackets)
  • old costumes
  • costume jewellery
  • purses, briefcases, or bags
  • glasses, with or without the lenses removed
  • aprons
  • scrubs
  • tutus or dance costumes

Books About Clothes

Link to Catalogue record for The Magic Hat

The Magic Hat – Mem Fox, Illustrated by Tricia Tusa

One day a magical hat appears in town and as it is carried by the wind, it begins to transform people into various types of animals.   This is a lovely tale that takes the reader on a whimsical journey through this magical arrival and its resolution.

With a rhythmic format and predictable rhymes, this book begs to be read over and over.

Yet another classic from the ever reliable Mem Fox.

Who Needs Pants – Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

When kids get out of the bath, what are they most likely to do? That’s right, run around completely naked! The protagonist of this story delights in the freedom of the after bath nudie run. 

Who needs clothes when there is so much fun to be had naked?!

But, eventually we do learn the value of wearing clothes.

Link to Catalogue record for Who Need Pants?
Link to Catalogue record for Polar Bear's Underwear

Polar Bear’s Underwear – Tupera Tupera

Polar Bear has lost his underwear.  His friend Mouse decides to help him look for the missing garment.  This story is a journey through many pairs of underwear, discovering the many different styles worn by many different creatures.

This book uses cut outs to display some fun patterns and the reader has to guess who they could belong to.

A book about underpants! What’s not to love?

Jacket Potatoes

Jacket Potatoes are a delicious way to get some vegies into your children. Here is how to bake the perfect jacket potato.  Then dress them up with your favourite toppings.


4 baking potatoes, scrubbed

Extra-virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Pierce potatoes all over with a fork. Rub with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. 
  2. Bake until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes.