Dress Up [winter break suggestion]
Ah, yes! The age-old game of dress up. Children are able to amuse themselves for hours in Mommy or Daddy's closet (if we let them!) But why?
- Daddy shoes and slippers, Mommy shoes and slippers,
- Sport jackets,
- Dresses, half slips, full slips, stoles and wraps,
- Purses and bags, and hats of all kinds,
- Shirts and an a sundry of other clothing articles.
- A mirror or anything that has a reflective surface (this is important!)
Dress-ups support children as they begin to identify with mommy or daddy. It supports a child’s need to be powerful and autonomous ... "I can choose what or who I want to be!"
Dress-up play helps children sort out the rules of life and they act them out. It enhances the imagination. During dress-up play, children are able to make and break their own identity in a manner that is safe and protected. They can "try-on" another persona without consequence. Parents and caregivers should let children experiment with a range of clothes and characters during dress-up play - the child should feel in-control of who they are!