The importance of play is sometimes underestimated for young children. Play is not only beneficial in terms of allowing your child to have fun by themselves and with others, but it also provides many developmental skills for their growth. When kids play dress-up, they are receiving these benefits as well, but in a very unique and different form. The importance and benefits of playing dress-up are as follows:
Dexterity and Strength
When a child plays dress-up, they are virtually becoming another little person for a short period of time. In doing so, they will be able to develop both physical strength and motor skills through the actions of their play. For example, if your child dresses up like some type of athlete, they will most likely engage in certain movements and activities that use muscles they are not accustomed to using in everyday life. Also, a costume more suited towards an actor/actress of some sort will enhance their coordination. Your child will be using the small muscles in their hands and fingers while also concentrating closely as they tie a knot or button up a dress or jacket.
More often than not, dress-up becomes a group activity for children. This common interest will bring your child and other little ones together as a unit to come up with the most creative of outfits to wear. Negotiation skills can also be improved upon as they figure out who is going to wear what, or if they’ll all coordinate their costumes somehow. Finally, as kids begin acting out or playing to their character, they’ll teach each other different duties that come along with a certain role. Learning the skills that adults use in different jobs and careers could help your child in the long run.
Once a child is dressed up as a firefighter or school teacher, they must then put themselves into character with their actions. This environment fosters the practice of memory recall as they act out putting out a fire or teaching their friend how to write a letter in cursive. This abstract thinking and creativity is all created in their mind first, and then replayed in the form of the individual they are trying to become. Additionally, children can develop their literacy skills while attempting to incorporate various numbers, sizes, shapes, and other various items into their dress-up play. Problem-solving is a great skill to hone in children at a young age.
Guest Blog by Karri Bowen-Poole, Founder of Smart Playrooms
Smart Playrooms is owned and operated by teachers with many years of classroom experience and expertise. They bring the most effective classroom organization techniques and learning strategies into your home.
Smart Playrooms works to encourage kids to get back to the basics of play, using their creative side for art projects and imaginary play. Stressing that less is more, they help moms focus on the toys that will add to the experience. Some moms ask them to help organize their home, but Karri and Chris really like the idea of using their educational backgrounds to create custom designed playrooms. Plus, this gives them a niche in the market. Former teachers setting up your playroom – what could be better!
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