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Costume and Dress Up Toys Help Kids Learn
Young children still enjoy the playing costume and dress up. Girls, especially, love to put on their favorite dress up clothes and pretend they are princesses living the fairy tale life. Boys’ ideas of dressing up may be donning a military uniform or a football helmet and jersey to pretend they are soldiers or NFL players. Regardless, kids enjoy using their imaginations and dreaming about what they would like to be when they grow up.
Children can actually learn a great deal by playing costume and dress up.
Depending on the character choices, role-playing many times leads to lots of healthy physical activity like running. Kids also get a chance to experience what it might be like to be a fireman, for example. Interacting with other role-players also helps children improve their language and social skills. Kids also learn how to handle power, deal with relationships, and understand the difference between right and wrong.
While it may not seem like it, playing costume and dress up has significant value for young children. It is so valuable that many preschools encourage it. They will have boxes of clothing and closets full of items for children to play with. A certain portion of the daily schedule will often be set aside specifically for that type of play time. The idea is promote cooperation, socialization, and creativity. Playing encourages all of these and more.