Get your creative juices flowing and your imagination going!
There are tons of benefits to allowing your child to dress up and literally fill the shoes of their favorite character!
Brain Building - Allowing your child to dress up engages his/her brain and encourages development of recall and comprehension skills. Taking on the role of a new character entails remembering what they've seen or heard that character do. Your child may try to talk like their favorite character or even act out from memory a favorite scene their character stars in.
Empathy - Engaging in role-play allows your child to see and experience the world through the eyes of another! Realizing the way day-to-day interactions change based on their appearance and character allows your child to exercise empathy for their character, and in turn their peers!
Motor Skills - Much of your child's fine motor skill development comes from repetitive daily activities such as getting dressed. Allowing them to dress-up independently, whether putting on shoes, zipping up pants, or buttoning a shirt, allows them to exercise their daily "motor skill chores" in a fun and creative way that is sure to engage them! Gross motor skills come into play when they role-play, or act out their character's normal behavior! From Ballerinas to Baseball Players, Scientists to Silly Someone's from their favorite show, let their imagination go and their motor skills grow!
Critical Thinking Through Imitation - Naturally, children mimic behavior and actions they see - even more so if it is appealing to them or the character has positive outcomes! The world is more managable and understandable for little ones when it can be imitated! Your child will have the opportunity to explore the life of another by imitating actions, feelings, and words during dramatic Through dress-up and dramatic role-play, children explore the lives of other people by imitating their actions, feelings and words.
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