What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A police officer?
At one point I wanted to be an archaeologist and search for lost artifacts in Egypt. But mostly I wanted to be a wife and mom. My sister and I would grab every skirt and dress we owned and put them on – all of them, because it made our dress “puffy” like a wedding dress…and we’d play wedding.
Sometimes my mom would even let us try on her wedding dress.
It was white and lacy with a cinched waist and a skirt that puffed way out like a princess.
Kids need props to help make their imaginations more real.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a costume. Mom and dad’s old clothes and shoes do just fine. If you have a little artistic talent, you can even make over some of your own clothes to make little costumes for them to play with.
Every kid should play dress up and pretend he or she’s Superman, Cinderella, a Fireman, a Doctor, Dora the Explorer, Bob the Builder or a mommy and daddy.
Dress up clothes help to fuel their imaginations.
My kids have a lot of props: toy glasses and watches, a stethoscope, toy fireman and motorcycle hats, swords and shields, and even a Thomas the Train costume. They tend to mix and match these props to create their own imaginary person.
It’s fascinating to watch what they can come up with as they use their dress up clothes and props to become something they’ve created in their minds.
Do your kids have a dress up bin? What’s their favorite character to dress up as?
This post is day 27 of the series: 31 Days of Screen Free Activities for Kids. To see all of the posts in this series visit this page.
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