Playing Dress Up

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Everyone wants to be a clown! Well, maybe not everyone, but certainly many people! Kids and adults alike enjoy trying on a big clown nose and funny glasses, and finishing off the clown-look with a colorful hat. And that is exactly why I carry extra foam noses, glasses, and hats along with me when I am clowning.

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Not only do they get to look like clowns, they also get a chance to try juggling scarves or spinning a plate. Everyone gets a good laugh! It is as much fun for the audience as it is for the person dressing up.

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These are easy and lightweight props to keep handy. When I am clowning, I have to limit how many children dress up, even though I know they all want a turn. The children enjoy this so much that I started doing it more often. Sometimes when I go to the day care centers in the neighborhood, I take the noses, hats, and glasses.

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Those days, I can give every child (and teacher!) a chance to dress up. I also remember to take a mirror with me because the kids enjoy seeing themselves. I took so many nice pictures one time that I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have prints made. I gave them to the children as gifts. Here in Tunisia, people don’t have a lot of photos; they have pictures from wedding parties and maybe an occasional birthday. It was my pleasure to give them something to help them remember the good time they had dressing up.

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The pictures I am sharing with you today are from numerous clown events and several plainclothes visits to day care centers over the past few years. I started doing this way back when I was clowning at the refugee camps. Hey, if something works, why change it, right?

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I have enjoyed looking back at these pictures of the kids playing dress up. I haven’t done this at the day care centers since the new school year started. I know what we will be doing in the neighborhood this week when I go out to play!

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