There’s a reason why many preschools, including our Head Start facilities, have boxes of dress-up play clothing in their classrooms. Playing dress-up is an important part of a child’s social and academic development. When children use their imaginations, it builds their confidence and allows them to become great problem solvers as they get older. Role playing, especially when it happens with other children, encourages taking turns, cooperation and socialization. So how can you encourage your child to play dress up? Although most children won’t need any help, you can talk to your child. Ask them questions like what they want to be when they get older or who their favorite cartoon character is. Having outfits for your child to play dress-up doesn’t have to cost you anything either. You can use household items to make various dress-up clothing.
Check out our five favorite dress-up play clothing ideas using items that you can easily find in your home:
Superhero- Take a hand towel or a small blanket and loosely tie it around your child’s neck for an easy cape. Give them rubber gloves and a superhero name to complete their look.
Princess- Old formal wear clothing that you’re never going to wear again is perfect for your little princess. Use clothespins or binder clips to quickly tailor large items.
Athlete- Have them sport their favorite athlete’s jersey and pretend to be the next superstar athlete. Use a hairbrush as a microphone and join in on the fun as the sports commentator.
Chef- Get your little ones excited about food and let them wear your old apron and oven mitts. Put a little water into a mixing bowl, and let them play with a whisk or a spoon.
Make your Own- Gather up all the art supplies in your house and use them to make finishing touches to your child’s outfits. Construction paper and glue make perfect crowns, hero masks or chef hats. Let their imagination run wild and have fun with it!
Greater Bergen’s Head Start program provides free early childhood education and family services to low-income families in Bergen County, Jersey City and Paterson, NJ. Comprehensive services and resources prepare children for kindergarten, enhance their emotional and physical well-being, and foster stable family relationships.
For more information or to find out if you qualify for GBCA’s Head Start Program call 844-472-4453 or go to www.GBCAHeadStart.org