Help Your Toddler Get Dressed with the Delightfully Creative Read Aloud "Where do Pants Go?"

Updated on September 12, 2016
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Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Finding a Place for Each Item of Clothing

Parents have challenges when teaching young children to dress themselves. Using a fun read aloud book with a story about the task of getting dressed can encourage young children to begin to learn, sometimes with hilarious results. Rebecca Van Slyke's new book, "Where Do Pants Go?" is a great choice for introducing skills needed to get dressed. Rebecca writes with a creative question about where an article of clothing goes on the body and each question is answered with a colorful illustration and answer, first in a hilarious out-of-place part of the body, and then with the correct place for the article of clothing. Each page is filled with a large colorful illustration of a toddler getting dressed, along with assistance from the family dog. The text is artfully done with a mixture of black and colorful print. Illustrations by Chris Robertson are done in both bright and pastel colors. Cartoon-like characters are appealing to young children. Rebecca also tells the story with a sequence of how each item of clothing is put on. Each page builds on a previous item of clothing. Young children will laugh their way from underwear to the final jacket while reading and learning to get dressed.

"Where Do Pants Go?" is recommended for toddlers and preschoolers. It was published by Sterling Children's Books and has an ISBN of 9781454915928.

Getting Dressed with a Fun Read Aloud

Getting dressed can be a challenge for young children
Getting dressed can be a challenge for young children | Source
Multicultural illustrations add to the appeal
Multicultural illustrations add to the appeal | Source
Almost done when shoes are included
Almost done when shoes are included | Source

Get Acquainted with Author Rebecca Van Slyke and Illustrator Chris Robertson

Rebecca Van Slyke is a second-grade teacher who enjoys writing children's books. She writes for all ages with picture books, easy readers, nonfiction for children and fiction for children in the middle grades. You may visit her website at to learn about other books and her books to come.

Chris Robertson contributes his talent to "Where Do Pants Go?" with appealing large and colorful illustrations that are done with both bold and pastel colors. Chris is an author-illustrator with several books to his credit.

I Can Do It Myself

Teaching a sense of independence is a goal that parents need to include in their parenting skills. Teaching young children to dress themselves is a skill that teaches independence. Family reading time with Rebecca Van Slyke's "Where Do Pants Go?" is a fun tool to begin learning this skills. Clothes are sometimes an issue for young children with zippers, buttons, and shoelaces. It is a good idea to have items of clothing that children can pull on with no necessary closures. Shoes that can be slipped on or that have velcro closures are valuable items when young children are learning to dress themselves. Parents can also give children a choice of colors to choose from each day and offer children the option of choosing a complete outfit. Playing a game of colors with clothing also motivates young children to dress themselves.

Learning to dress themselves leads to learning other skills that foster independence. Parents should show confidence in their children's choices in order to keep the independence going.

Independence for Young Children

I can do it myself!
I can do it myself! | Source

Add the Benefit of Learning a Math Skill to Getting Dressed

Rebecca Van Slype's "Where Do Pants Go?" is written with a sequence of the order in which items of clothing are put on. Sequencing is an early math skill that young children can learn while learning to dress themselves. Sequencing is the process of putting events or objects into a logical order and young children can easily see the order of beginning with underwear and ending with a jacket in this creative story. Picture sequencing is also an activity that teaches this skill and the illustrations in this fun read aloud add to the learning. Add to the fun while reading by mixing up the pages and putting the story back in order. Patterns are also a part of early math, and young children will have fun with the stripes that create a pattern in a character's shirt. Young children will want to examine their own clothes for patterns and shapes after reading.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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