Kids have something absolutely amazing. An imagination with no limitations.
Imagination is a beautiful thing, and is so much more than donning a costume and pretending to be a character.
Pretend play builds important skills in important developmental areas.
Allowing your children to be anyone they admire teaches them to “walk in someone else’s shoes”.
Sometimes that means learning about another culture and immersing themselves in that culture.
Lately Ada’s favorite movie is Moana. She has always loved Hawaii and Hawaiian culture.
Her first trip to Hawaii was when she was 6 months old.
She was obviously too young to grasp the culture and the beauty that was all around.
We, however, thoroughly enjoyed watching her play with the flowers, eat the sand and watch Hula dancers and the bustling of the farmer’s markets with eyes wide with wonder.
Her second trip was when I was pregnant with Greyson, she was just shy of being three.
This trip she really enjoyed the trip. She loved learning Hawaiian words, eating the local food, and after plenty of practice she finally learned how to do “hang loose”…watching her practice with those chubby fingers was quite funny.
She learned about the volcanoes, she learned about the history.
She got some sweet little children’s books explaining all of the beautiful stories told across Kona.
So naturally, Ada idolizes Moana.
Ada is ALL drama. She can memorize a movie she loves and reenact the whole thing and when she is in her own world there is no getting her out of it.
Costumes are great and dress up is fun but lets be honest, we as parents aren’t always crazy about some of the designs.
Some come in two pieces and have a little peek-a-boo belly, some are covered in sparkles that fall all over your house and stick to everything.
I have paid obscene amounts of money on costumes that Ada just HAD to have only to have them hang in her closet because they were too itchy or too sparkly.
Then we found Little Dress Up Shop.
Little Dress Up Shop is the perfect place to find SO many pretend play clothing for girls and boys.
The best part is?
No itchy, cheap, crazy expensive costumes.
The quality honestly can not be beat. I was so shocked when ours arrived. Right out of the package Ada had to throw it on and we had to put on Moana. She wore this dress at least four whole days out of one week. We had a neighborhood BBQ hosted at our home and she HAD to wear her Moana Dress and all of her friends thought it was the most beautiful dress and Ada, my little drama queen, just beamed with pride. She has worn it to the car wash, the grocery store and on a date to go get snow cones. She has even tried to wear it to bed. Y’all it is THAT comfortable!
Little Dress Up Shop strives “to send families ‘delightful play'”. They believe kids should be kids without being bothered by itchy fabrics- how perfect is that?
They understand the struggle we have as parents when a child sees a dress they “just have to have” to only have it hang in the closet because that dress was too itchy or got glitter everywhere. SO all of their dresses pass a child approved Itch-free test before being sold! Everything is also machine washable and wont shed glitter in the machine or all over the house… or all over baby brother’s head.
The quality can’t be beat, the comfort can’t be beat and they are absolutely STUNNING.
Ada is comfortable and free to run wild, dance the hula and pretend to travel the vast seas to return the heart of Te Fiti.
Who is your child’s favorite character? Comment and let me know!
See if you can snag it at their Christmas in July sale happening now!!!
Also be sure to check out Little Dress Up Shop on Instagram!
*this is a sponsored post, all opinions and love of this brand are all our own!