Is your child having trouble choosing outfits appropriate for the rapidly cooling weather? With the help of this handy winter dressing wheel, picking out cozy clothing and accessories will be a breeze! She'll enhance her self-awareness, critical thinking, and fine motor skills as she creates a personalized, practical tool that promotes independence and reduces morning clothing battles. Try hanging it on her closet door and making clothing choices before bed for maximum convenience. Get ready to make getting ready fun!
What You Do:
- Discuss the season of winter with your child. Make sure to focus on what the weather feels like, and how to dress appropriately for it. Ask questions such as, “What do you wear outside when it snows?” or, “Why do you need a coat?".
- Have her fold a large sheet of poster board in half.
- Help her cut a large rectangular hole in the middle of the poster board. This will be for the clothing and body.
- Invite her to draw a picture of herself on the poster board above the hole. Since her torso will go where the hole is, she'll only need to draw her head and neck.
- Ask her to trace a circle onto a piece of construction paper, making sure it's larger than the hole in the poster board.
- Have her cut out the traced circle.
- Encourage her to draw a variety of winter-weather outfits on the circle. The shoulders should be on the outer edges of the circle, with the feet in the middle. Encourage her to choose a few different clothing options such as a snow suit, a sweater and jeans, and a jacket with pants.
- Open the folded poster board, and attach the paper circle to the back page with a brass fastener.
- Close the poster board and have her spin the circle to change the outfit.
If it's helpful, consider trying this activity for other seasons! She can make spring, summer, and fall dressing wheels; or, try creating a large wheel for all of the seasons.
Erica Loop has an MS in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education. She has many years of teaching experience working in early childhood education, and as an arts educator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.