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History of fashion and clothes


History of fashion and clothes

What to do with this activity?

History isn't just about politics and war. It's also about how people lived in the past - what they wore, what they ate, what music they made, what their homes were like. History comes alive for a child if they are helped to imagine what it was like in another time and place. 

Humans have always worn clothes. At first they wore animal skins - fur and leather. Then humans invented spinning and weaving - some historians think about 27,000 years ago. Perhaps they first wove with branches and reeds to make baskets and shelters, and then learned to weave with wool from animals or plant fibres. Mostly clothes were worn for warmth or cover from a hot sun. Different tribes developed their own style, and this changed over time.

Show your child photos of the clothes their grandparents wore, and talk about how fashion changes even over a couple of generations. Look at pictures of what people wore further back in time, and in different parts of the world. It's a fascinating subject. Watch a brief history of clothing by the British Museum. 

Learn more from this link by Ask About Ireland; this stop motion animation by Bath College Photography; and these fun clothing facts from Easy Science for Kids.     

  • Why am I doing this?

    Writing is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their writing ability will become. Your child is also more likely to write about things they like or are interested in – writing is a way to express yourself and using writing in this way can be more meaningful to a child. Word searches and crosswords can help with pattern recognition and spelling, and help build vocabulary and spelling.

  • How can I do more?

    Give your child lots of opportunities to write - notes, birthday cards, emails or text messages. Encourage your child to make and write their own books about something they are interested in, for example, cars, dinosaurs, fairies or dogs. They can draw or stick in their own pictures.

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