Playtime may seem silly on the surface, but it actually serves a vital role in childhood development. Many species use play as a way to teach their children lessons that will help them years down the line. Humans are no different. Playing dress-up can be especially beneficial, offering developmental benefits that will last a long time. Read on to learn more:
See the World Through Other Viewpoints
When children play dress-up, they learn valuable ways in which others contribute to our lives. Perhaps a child is playing the role of a mother and has a crying baby to nurture, or maybe they’re pretending to be a policeman and stopping “the bad guys.” This sense of imagination allows children to learn empathy by seeing alternative viewpoints and responding to them accordingly.
Building Blocks for a Diverse Vocabulary
When children play through dress-up, they begin to explore terms, phrases, and words that are often inclusive to the role they are playing. These strengths can develop through hearing certain words in books and transferring them into the role they’re playing. Eventually, children will use them in daily conversations.
For children, dressing up and having theatrical elements to their play can greatly impact their overall confidence. Self-expression is incredibly helpful when building self-confidence and this is just another way we can allow children to develop that skill. What child doesn’t feel on top of the world while dressed up as their favorite super hero?
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