Dressing up and role playing are wonderful for building kids’ imagination, but that’s not all. Three things they can help develop include:
Building empathy. By role playing, kids are literally able to put themselves in the shoes of others.
Identifying the differences between fantasy and reality. By “playing” another character, they develop an understanding of what is real and what is made-up.
Vocabulary building. If your child is playing another type of character, s/he can learn new vocabulary that only that type of being might use. Princesses and castles, doctors and stethoscopes, or lions and savannas!
Do you encourage your kids to dress up throughout the year?