Dress up games helps children in more ways than you might think.
Children who play imaginary dress up games tend to have noticeably better vocabularies.
Dress up games lets your children be anyone they want, practice things they've learned, and make situations turn out the way they want.
Learning social rules
Sometimes it's hard for children to know what to do in a social situation. When children test out different pretend scenarios during their dress up games, they're learning complex, real-world rules about social interaction.
Dreaming up imaginary situations for their dress up games teaches children to think creatively in real life. A study at Case Western Reserve University found that young children who are imaginative tend to remain so as they get older and to become better problem solvers.
Find out more about How to Raise an Imaginative Child from ParentCenter.
Don't Forget: Christmas is the perfect time to start building your child's imagination trunk and costume collection.