Dress up play is time tested and it's a classic for good reason. Do you remember the days you'd transform yourself into a princess or superhero and get lost in the plots you made up as you pleased? Are you encouraging your children to do the same? Here's a few reasons why you should.
The Benefits Of Dress Up Play
Dress up play stretches your children's creative muscles. When they are playing freely and trying on different personas, they are using their imaginations. The creativity isn't just in picking out what to wear. They are creating different scenarios to play through, often with inventive props. They are looking at things in new ways.
They are telling a story. Often, you will be able to hear their story through the dialogue they come up with. They aren't merely practicing funny voices. They are putting their language skills to good use.
They can work through their feelings and even explore the feelings of others. When they are in their own little world they feel safe enough to explore the different emotions. They can use dress up play to make sense of the world by acting out and working through various problems.
Another wonderful benefit comes to you, as the parent. By watching your child act out their story, you are getting the opportunity to view how your child perceives the world. You are clued in to what has impacted them. The good and the bad.
They are practicing life skills. Changing into costumes is wonderful practice for younger children learning how to dress themselves. Tea parties are social affairs that call for manners and etiquette.
Dressing up is fun! That is evident by the smiles, giggles, and squeels. And also by the roars and stomps. They are playing, and playing is important.
Do your children enjoy dress up play?