Many preschoolers can relate to the theme of getting dressed, a skill many of them are mastering. A craft project to go with this theme is making a paper doll with clothes. This can just be photocopied from a book of paper dolls.
Another easy project is to have the child glue scraps of fabric on a cut-out of a person to design your own suit.
Daly, Niki. JAMELA’S DRESS. A young girl in Africa takes a piece of fabric and wears it like a cape, but her mom wants to make a dress out of the fabric.
Fox, Mem. SHOES FROM GRANDPA. In this cumulative tale based on “The House That Jack Built,” Jessie gets various articles of clothing.
Hutchins, Pat. YOU’LL SOON GROW INTO THEM, TITCH. As the youngest child, Titch always gets hand-me-downs to wear.
Jocelyn, Marthe. HANNAH AND THE SEVEN DRESSES. With a nice surprise ending, Hannah cannot decide which dress to wear for her birthday.
Kuskin, Karla. THE PHILHARMONIC GETS DRESSED. The members of the orchestra get dressed, from underwear to tuxedos.
Leonard, Marcia. NO NEW PANTS! In this easy reader, a boy tries on several pairs of pants but prefers his favorite old pair.
London, Jonathan. FROGGY GETS DRESSED. Froggy gets dressed to play in the snow, but forgets essential pieces of clothing like underwear. A Froggy puppet is also available from the Lakeshore Teacher’s store.
Miller, Margaret. WHERE DOES IT GO? Illustrated with color photos, this guessing game includes pieces of clothing.
Neitzel, Shirley. THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW. This rebus story, patterned after “The House That Jack Built,” named pieces of clothing.
Offen, Hilda. A FOX GOT MY SOCKS. In this llustrated finger play, the actions are pictured in the illustrations, and the rhythmic lyrics are similar to those of Dr. Seuss.
Taback, Simms. JOSEPH HAD A LITTLE OVERCOAT. A very old overcoat is remade into several different garments in this Yiddish folksong.
Watanabe, Shigeo. HOW DO I PUT IT ON? GETTING DRESSED. Little Bear demonstrates the right and wrong way to put on several items of clothing.
Wells, Rosemary. MAX’S DRAGON SHIRT. Max and Ruby go shopping at the department store, where Max finds the perfect shirt.