Why dress up play?
Since I was a little girl, I have loved playing dress ups. It allows me to be who I love to be, even just for a little while. It was so magical to dress up as my mum and bath my dolls, teach my teddy bears whilst dressed up as a teacher, treat my toy animals whilst dressed as a vet, build roads in my backyard as a builder and I went on missions as a spy and many more (my dress ups play list is endless).
When I look back, I can see how my dress up play fostered my imagination, communication skills, confidence and especially social and emotional skills. Back then, we didn’t have store bought dress up costumes, we made our own. I enjoyed creating my own dress ups out of old family clothes and things from around the house. This is why I encourage my children and all the children that I work with, to have fun and let their imagination run wild.
As an adult I still adore dress up play. Having fun and opening your imagination is not just a child’s job. I play dress ups with my children and love becoming their client at their hair salon. I love celebrating some events like super hero days, book week (yes!! I am that mum who goes over and above to create a book week costume), Halloween (I do love scaring some people with my Halloween dress ups), themed parties where I get the opportunity to dress up. If you have been to our Intergenerational playgroups, you might have seen me getting all the grand friends to be involved in dress up play. Engaging with dress up play with your children encourages you and your child to communicate with each other. You can develop your child’s vocabulary further through asking questions about the character they are playing, or what job they are pretending to do.
Dress up play encourages children to use new language; use the words that an Astronaut or Teacher or Ballerina uses. It helps them to understand other’s feelings, behaviours and way of living by pretending. Most of all children are developing their wide and endless imagination. Their mind can travel anywhere and will make the connections with anything that you may not even think of. So next time when you are looking for play ideas, chose dress up play and have fun for hours.
No! you don’t need to have store bought expensive costumes, create your costumes with things around the home and backyard.
Enjoy your dress up play and I would love to see your dress ups too!
We ask families and playgroups to keep COVID restrictions and hygiene protocols in mind when providing dress up items at playgroup.