Dress-up is one of Zhen and Zechariah’s favorite games to play at home. We have two storage boxes full of dress-up clothes for the toddlers. Zhen has at least two Frozen costumes and Zechariah has a kid-size policeman uniform and a ninja costume.
The toddlers are also really into superheroes like Batman and PJ Masks. They love putting on capes and running around the house pretending they’re flying and fighting off the bad guys.
Often times, I hear them creating different life scenarios such as going grocery shopping or taking care of a baby. It’s always fun to watch them imitate things they see Travis and I do on a daily basis, such as wearing the baby in the Boba. The toddlers will use scarves to make their own baby carrier and then put a baby doll or a stuffed animal in their “baby carrier”. It’s the cutest thing!
Here’s a fun Dress Up Game my toddlers love playing on PBSKids.org.
Dramatic Play Has Many Developmental Benefits for Children
One of the reasons why I like my children playing dress-up is because they are using their imagination. Did you know when kids use their imagination, it helps them develop vital critical thinking skills? Read the excerpt below from an article I found at Childtime.com:
“In the world of child development you may hear us use phrases like “critical thinking skills” and “creative problem-solving abilities” when referring to our goals for your child’s cognitive development. What we are really talking about is… imagination. The way to create human beings with imagination is to provide them with opportunities to develop it for themselves when they are very young.
These opportunities are found in one place and one place only… play. Playing with paints, playing with play dough, with costumes, with glue and with crayons. Making a mess. Exploring the woods. Splashing in a puddle. Wondering at a caterpillar you notice inching by you. Pretending to be a bird, gliding through the sky.”— “The Importance of Imagination” by Child Time Learning Centers
This is actually one of the many reasons why I like to use the “Learn Through Play” method for homeschooling my little ones. I strongly believe when they have more time to play, they are actively learning. (Of course, we also implement structured learning activities, too, but that’s for another blog article.) Playing a fun game of dress-up time is a great learning experience for the kids!
Other Developmental Benefits of Pretend Play
Gross and Fine Motor Skills
Learning Emotional and Social Roles
On experimenting with emotional and social roles of life:
According to a Scholastic.com article “The Importance of Pretend Play“, when your child engages in pretend (or dramatic) play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, he learns how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. When your child pretends to be different characters, he has the experience of “walking in someone else’s shoes,” which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy.
Need a few fun dress-up costumes for your little one?
If your kids love to play dress up as much as my kids do, then you may like a few these of dress up costumes. Zhen loves just about everything with a unicorn on it, while Zechariah loves to play with train sets. I’ve listed a unicorn costume and a train conductor costume below if you’re interested.
Check out our list of fav dress-up costumes and let me know which one is your favorite!
TRAIN ENGINEER, $29.99
POWER RANGERS DELUXE RED RANGER, $19.99
PEPPA PIG, $24.99
COMIC CARTOON HEROES SET, $17.99
IMAGINING ME FAIRY WINGS, Buy 2+ for $14.98 each
FANCIFUL FABRIC BUTTERFLY WINGS, Buy 2+ for $14.98 each
PERSONALIZED PJ MASKS SET, $9.25+
Do your kids love to play dress-up?