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Make Your Own Tiara!

National Princess Week was officially a few weeks ago, but I’d like to declare it National Princess Month because, let’s face it, there’s never a bad time to make a sparkling tiara and jeweled wand! I used the Pretty Princess Dress-Up Kit (available in April Honeybee) to get princessy today, celebrating by decorating my pink accessories with all the kit has to offer: tubes of glitter, jewels, stickers, and hot pink and white ribbons.

I began by carefully squeezing out small beads of glitter, adding sparkling swirls and pointed stars, and then went all-out, sticking on all the stickers, tying on the ribbons, and adding the jewels! The end product looks stunning, and is perfect for my newly declared National Princess Month.

Like many children, my obsession with being a princess began with Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. I watched Beauty and the Beast on VHS until the tape nearly stopped working. I loved Belle and refused to be anyone but her during dress-up time. I had a small wand that was filled with water and floating glitter stars. I waved it at my older sisters and commanded their attention. They were quick to remind me that Belle doesn’t have a wand, so I told them I was “Magic Belle” and that they were about to be turned into mice. After that I spent a solid year calling myself Magic Belle, which makes absolutely no sense.

Of course these childhood make-believe moments seem silly when we look back at them now. However, they are crucial in letting imaginations grow. It’s important for children to get creative, battle evil villains (older sisters), feel empowered (with glitter wands), and get messy (with paint and glue). So in this month of princess-ness, encourage children to let their imaginations run wild, daydream of holding royal court, and do a few twirls just for fun!

Margaret Hagan is the merchandising coordinator for Scholastic Book Clubs Special Offers. She loves to travel, she is fluent in Spanish, and her all-time favorite children’s book is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

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