Divine Dress Up
Age: toddler, child
Skill for Bub: Muscle Builder, Just for fun, Mind Builder
Dress up is a fun way to encourage your child’s imagination and creativity.
Your little one is already showing an interest in the roles people play on a daily basis. Girls may be aware of what it means to be a mother and how that role causes a woman to act, while boys may be in tune with Dad’s role in the family. You can encourage this social exploration by simply opening up your drawers and closets for a little “let’s pretend” fun.
- Include dresses, work shirts, neckties, baseball caps, shoes, jewelry, hats, coats and other items you can find around the house.
- Help your children get dressed up, and then ask them who they are and what they do.
- Play along. Encourage them to talk about the characters they are dressed as. They may even want you to dress up, too.
- Take this one step further and pretend to be the characters all day long or during dinner. What would your character say if he wanted more soup? How would he ask for dessert?
- Gather the dress-up materials and store them in a box. This way, you’ll have easy access to them for next time. A trip to the thrift shop is a great way to build your dress-up wardrobe, including formal gowns and uniforms.
There is no end to the enjoyment your child will experience in the land of “let’s pretend!” For more fun, see Totally Tubular.