Costumes for a Career Day for Kids

By Sara Ipatenco
Costumes offer an entertaining way to reinforce career concepts.
Costumes offer an entertaining way to reinforce career concepts.

Efforts to teach young children about the various careers in their communities sometimes culminate with a career day. Some schools ask students to come to school in a costume that depicts a certain career and to share some information about their chosen jobs. Dressing up and pretending to be someone else also promotes normal child development, according to Dr. Laurie Zelinger, a licensed child psychologist.

Dress as a Community Helper

The ever-popular firefighter, police officer, doctor and mail carrier are each appropriate for a career day costume, but they are far from the only options when it comes to community helpers. Tie an apron on your child, put a chef hat on her head, give her a cake decorating kit and send her to school as a pastry chef. Dress her in a pair of coveralls that you've rubbed with black paint to make her look like a car mechanic. A white lab coat and a pair of goggles will transform her into a scientist, and a black robe and gavel will turn her into a court judge. A plastic hard hat and yellow vest is all that's needed to go to career day as a construction worker.

Depict a Medical Professional

A lab coat and face mask will quickly transform your child into a doctor or nurse. For a less common route, however, dress him in a navy blue shirt and pants, loop a stethoscope around his neck and send him to career day as a paramedic. Give him a set of scrubs, a toothbrush and a package of floss and he can attend as a dentist. Swap the toothbrush and floss for a few X-ray print-outs and he can represent the radiology technician career field. Swap the toothbrush and floss for a stuffed animal instead and he can go as a veterinarian.

Dress as a Service Worker

A pair of camouflage pants, a solid-colored T-shirt and pair of boots make a quick and effective soldier costume. Put your child in a business suit, attach an American flag pin to her lapel and let her pretend to be the president of the United States. The suit can also help your child depict a lawyer. In addition to regular school clothes, stick a pencil behind her ear, give her a stack of books and encourage her to represent a librarian.

Become a Celebrity

An easy way to meet the requirements of a career-related costume is to send your child to school in an athletic uniform. A sparkly dress or flamboyant pair of pants can transform your child into a movie or singing star. Props such as toy microphones or pretend movie scripts will add a bit more flair to the costume. A notebook and sharpened pencil will help your child portray a famous author.

About the Author

Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.