Princess Bexaboo, as we affectionately call Granddaughter #3, called last night to tell me about “What do you want to be when you grow up day” at her daycare. This is a favorite day at day care, allowing the kids to play creatively and encouraging kids creative play through dress ups, props, and craft materials.
She said, Grandma, I’ve played with the Betty Crocker mini-oven you bought me for by birthday, and I’ve decided to become a chef!”
She then declared “Mommy bought me a Chef’s apron, hat and gloves and I’m all ready!” It was so cute! I remember when my three girls used to play dress up, it went on for hours and it was such fun to watch! I ate soggy cookies, scrubbed burnt pans and decorated hundred of cupcakes and I love every minute. After the baking, came the tea party, of course. A perfect way to encourage creative child’s play. So, after the baking is complete, we move on to step 2 in the creative process.
I love to encourage kids creative play with dress up costumes. Princesses, warlocks, superheroes, oh my! When kids play dress up, their imagination can transform beyond belief. When your child puts a princess costume or a superhero costume on, it may seem like only a cute moment in time but they are developing in ways you wouldn’t imagine. Research proves that dress up and play time are crucial in your child’s development. It increases your child’s social, emotional, cognitive and motor skills. Being a Mother of three and a Grandma of seven, I know how busy schedules become and the last thing on your mind is to think about having to play with your kids. With so much to do, it’s easier to tell them to go watch TV, play a video game or get on the computer. Studies show that one the best things you can do for your child is spend thirty minutes a day playing with them. It creates a lasting bond together and boost their self-esteem. No need to buy the hi-tech toys or coolest video games, just dig out those costumes for kids that you have stored away and jump into their world of possibilities.
Here’s some creative play activities suggestions to do with your children from an expert play therapist, Patty Scanlon:
2. Plant some flowers
3. Color or draw
4. Play in the sand
5. Role play characters
6. Play board games
7. Create a story
8. Make up songs
Here’s another tip: Shop for costumes right after Halloween to get the best bargains and watch for sales November-July.
All Little Girls Want to be Princesses and Little Boys Must Be Darth Vader If you have a little girl in your life, there is one thing I’m sure of: one day, she will want to dress-up as a princess. Your little boy, however, will love to be Darth Vader or Batman. Support this type of creative play, it’s essential for a child to act out their thought and fantasies. Dress up is not just for Halloween. Make it an active part of playtime. If you don’t want to spend money, make your own. Here are some great ideas for dress up costumes.
Little girls love to play dress up all year-long.Your little princess can dress up and dazzle you with one of these wonderful costumes. It doesn’t have to be Halloween to dress up as Cinderella, Ariel, Belle or any other princess.
Planning a Princess Birthday Party? Have an enchanted fairy tale birthday with this Disney Princess Friends party theme! It features Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and Ariel.