-Mrs. Berlin Noronha

“The most beautiful world is always entered through imagination.” Helen Keller
Although perceived as a mere fun activity, fancy dress is of great benefit to children especially for toddlers and preschoolers and for children that are in the foundation years for building their imagination and vocabulary.
Fancy dress play is more than just physically wearing a costume. When “in character”, children learn to role play. They learn to imitate the mannerisms of the character or object they’re dressed up as, and, may even create their own special traits and themes, which encourages children to “think outside the box,” practice different emotions, and use their language skills to communicate.
Fancy dress play also encourages children to express their point of view of the world around them. It helps build both large and fine motor skills, decision making skills, encourages empathy and assists in the overall emotional development of children.
This year being no exception regardless of the limitations brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pre-primary section of Don Bosco High School Matunga, virtually conducted a fancy dress competition on the 1st of September 2020, the theme being fruits and vegetables, in view of the numerous benefits of fancy dress play.
In keeping with their syllabus, the teacher explained to the children the different types of foods, their importance and healthy eating habits the children should follow not forgetting the value of not wasting food. They were then encouraged to dress up as a fruit or vegetable of their choice using material which could be recycled. The children were also encouraged to introduce themselves and say a few sentences explaining why they chose to dress up as a fruit or vegetable and its related benefits.
The children did a phenomenal job at the event! They were enthusiastic about dressing up for the event and with the assistance of their parents, submitted short video clips of themselves wearing their fancy dresses gleefully explaining the importance of it. The boys amused us with their creativity, speech, memory and boundless imagination shown in their dress and narration.
The effort and hard work of the children and parents were highly praised by their teacher. As every competition has winners, it was very arduous for our judges to choose the winners. Yet they very meticulously judged the competition on the confidence of speech, message delivered and the creative way of dressing up. A prize of rank first, second and third was awarded to the winners. All the participants will receive a certificate of participation when they come back to school.
Notwithstanding the limitations of a virtual class environment, the children when shown the videos thoroughly enjoyed their fancy dress event. Through their innocent enthusiasm and colorful imagination, the boys turned the event into a roaring success.

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