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!