This post is sponsored by Guidecraft, but all opinions are my own.
Fairies. Dragons. Princesses. Firefighters. No matter what a kid chooses for dress-up, their imaginations can run wild. And it isn’t just for fun either! Playing dress-up is beneficial to child development in a variety of ways.
Kids learn new vocabulary when they dress up as different characters. Doctors have stethoscopes and thermometers. Knights have swords and shields. Princesses have tiaras. Chefs have aprons and whisks. Think of all the terminology your child will learn from talking with you while they play.
They also learn social interaction while pretending to be someone else. Even if they talk to their stuffed animals or baby dolls while pretending to be a mommy or doctor, they mimic the social interactions they’ve experienced.
Empathy is also developed through role play. Moms and dads who soothe a “crying” baby doll or tiny firefighters who rescue stuffed kittens from trees learn and develop emotions.
Gender roles are also explored, and kids are able to try out various identities in a safe environment. My son has dressed up in heels and jewelry, and my daughter has worn camouflage. Allowing children to play with a variety of roles and costumes helps them to be more secure in who they are.
Ultimately, kids’ creativity and problem solving skills are able to grow and flourish through dress-up play. Letting their imaginations run wild can set the stage for future inventors and leaders of our world.
Dress-Up Storage Center
Guidecraft was kind enough to send us a dress-up storage center for all of Aren’s dramatic play wear. So far she only has a few princess dresses – and a million shoes – but we are adding more items for her to play with!
This storage center takes up very little room, yet holds quite a lot! It swivels around to make it easy for her to find what she wants. It also has two mirrors attached to the sides for her to see how she looks!
The storage centers are available in a variety of colors and styles. Check them out HERE!