Social: To foster your child’s experiences and imagination through pretend play.
This activity will encourage your child to imagine being various people as they try on different clothes, and gains skill in tying laces, pulling up zippers and doing up buttons.
You will need:
- A collection of dress-up clothes like shoes, jackets, aprons, pants and hats. Include garments and fabrics from different cultures, if available.
- Full length mirror
- Fill up a box with a variety of different clothes for your child to put on. Your child will be able to practice dressing independently as they engage in pretend play.
- Provide a full length mirror so that your child can admire their reflection each time they try on a costume, and see what a good job your child did dressing all by themselves.
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Some children need support developing conversation skills. These tips will engage your child in the dress-up activity and become more comfortable talking about their thoughts.
- pictures of characters, community helpers, and family
- decorated box
Beforehand decorate a box and fill it up with a variety of clothes and accessories including characters your child is familiar with and community workers
Post pictures in the dress-up area of family, characters and community workers
Using a mirror, talk with child about what they have on " oh that is a fancy dress, where are you going?', "Do you have a favorite colour?", "Who do you look like?"
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you pictures to inspire your child's imagination
- Your child will become more engaged in talking about the dress up clothes
Nurture, Explore & Share
- If you ask your child about what they are wearing
- Your child will feel more comfortable asking and answering questions
- Provide your child with dress-up clothes, including yours
- Develop confidence in their ability to dress independently
- Take on a role in your child’s pretend play
- Feel motivated to use their imagination pretending to be different family members, community helpers, and imaginary creatures
- Visit a thrift shop with your child
- Practice using decision-making skills Explore clothing in different colours, fabrics, styles
- Learn something important about how clothes can be re-used and recycled
Enriching Learning Through the Everyday Moments
- Talk with your child about who they are dressing up as, and if they know anything about that person/profession (i.e. if dressing up like family members and/or police officers)
- This is an opportunity to let your child know more about the people they are pretending to be, whether it be a family member or a profession
- Every-Day Dress Up by Selina Alko [Dress-Up, Pretend Play, Fun, Imagination]
Everyday Moments: Play Time