The importance of dress up!

While dress up play is an incredibly fun activity for kids (and adults), it’s also a very important one, helping your little one build confidence and explore their imagination. A child’s imagination is something to be encouraged and treasured. Nowadays an increasing number of children are sat in front of screens either playing on computers or watching TV. This is the age we live in and we’re all guilty of popping our little one down in front of the television or handing them the iPad to keep them amused and behaved in a quiet cafe. However when children focus their attention onto a screen, it is a very passive form of learning. It’s far better for children to tap into their imagination and use their body to learn and experience the world around them.

Having a dress up box in your house filled with various items is a great place to start. You don’t have to rush out and buy loads of ready made costumes – just fill it full of a few old clothes, fabric and things around the house you could use for props. Let them pick their own costumes and use their imagination to become any character they please! If your kids are a little older and you’re feeling ambitious you could even put on a play. Role playing, especially when interacting with other children, encourages the concept of taking turns, cooperation and socialisation.

If your child is younger or needs that extra confidence push, ask what they would like to be when they grow up and encourage them to start acting it out! Chances are their natural creative skills will kick in and they’ll start thinking outside the Xbox!

costumesAll these images were found via pinterest

 

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