Dress up clothes are the key part of any dress up game. That almost goes without saying. Accessories like a doctor kit, a princess crown, or a light saber are great and can provide some excellent fun, but having that doctor’s coat, princess gown, or Jedi robe takes dress up to a wonderful level.
If you have kids, you’ll know the truth that one costume isn’t enough for a child who loves dressing up. Options are what makes for good fun, right? Changing looks and outfits over and over, and digging deep into a treasure chest of dress up clothes… there’s nothing quite like it!
All kids, be they girls or boys, like to pretend that they are grown up.
With a good set of role play dress up clothes, any child can be instantlytransformed into a chef, a fire-fighter, a doctor, a police officer, or a teacher. There are dress up clothes for farmers and office-workers, for scientists and entertainers, for moms and dads.
This “dress up like an adult” play is SO great for a youngsters to do! These role play dress up clothes and the fun they have in them pretending to be adults gives both the idea that they really CAN pursue a fun career someday, and helps them better appreciate and understand something of the vast and varied world they in which they live.
Play dress up clothes help bring their already wonderful imaginations to life, helping them soar to new levels. Give a pair or group of kids a box of dress up clothes and see what happens! Within minutes they will have found their favorites (or argued about who gets to wear the favorites, let’s be honest), but then once everyone is happy in an outfit, an imaginary world opens up! Suddenly, an ordinary afternoon into a magical one.
Dress up clothes encourage kids to look at something from a different perspective.
This is a great skill to work on with a young child. Toddlers are very ego-centric – everything is about them and their world. One of the tasks of parents and teachers is to help along the natural development of the child’s understanding that there are other ways of looking at a scenario, that other people who have value, and that other views on a topic are also good.
An example here is helping children play out an “Emergency Scene”. Using dress up clothes for a firefighter, a police officer, a paramedic, and an adult man/woman, helping each child to do their role is quite a task. The firefighter will need to let the police officer clear the roads so he can come to the scene. The police officer will need to let the firefighter organize the fire fighting and follow instructions given… and giving up that directing job can be tough but a good lesson for kids who are “leaders”. Each set of dress up clothes comes with its own character and responsibilities… and wearing them will help the kids learn how to handle this.
See Kids Play Dress Up Clothes From A-Z for a huge list of dress up ideas!
Dressing up is above all, simply fun. Listen to the giggles, see the bright eyes, and respond with a “wow, you look great”… and a willingness to join in the fun! You’ll love it too!
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have memories of dressing up when you were a child? What dress up clothes did you love best? And what do your kids like best today?