We (especially Little M) love to play dress up. When kids play dress up they are working on so many important skills.
1. The buttons, snaps and zippers allow for fine motor skill practice (without the pressure of rushing to “get ready”).
2. Changing outfits lets them work on dressing themselves in several different styles of clothing (very important for being able to dress themselves for real.)
3. When different fabrics and textures are offered dress up becomes a sensory experience.
4. Dress up leads to pretend play. If you want to know why pretend play is so important click here.
Of course young toddlers won’t be able to manipulate buttons and zippers as well as older toddlers and preschoolers. So when N and J were over we simplified dress up and had a blast!
Dress up can be as easy as a pile of hats. What is your dress up favorite?
This post is a part of the Toddler series.