Our Favorite Creative Costumes
Children benefit intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally from imaginative play.
Playing dress up (or, if you want to be more formal, “socio-dramatic play”) is obviously a great way for kids to develop creativity and story-telling skills. Novel scenarios, inventive props, and fun new costumes stretch their imagination. But there are additional, less-obvious benefits to role-playing, as well.
Halloween is (among many others) a great time for kids to express this creativity.
“[Role playing] fosters the imaginative processes, and allows for play without rules or script. Dress up allows for experimentation, role play and fantasy.”
-Dr. Laurie Zelinger, licensed child psychologist
(From How Playing Dress-Up Shapes Your Child – by Sue Douglass Fliess for Education.com)
Dress up play in the 1937 Sears Catalog
Dramatic play boosts cognitive skills, by encouraging children to overcome problems in a new way. As a sheriff or a chef, kids invent new obstacles, and also invent solutions to these novel problems, expanding how they approach problem-solving in general.
Dress-up also lends itself well to social and cooperative-stage play, which promotes social skills, teamwork, interaction and communication. Putting themselves (quite literally) in another person’s shoes teaches them the basics of empathy and understanding. Whether pretending to be a parent or a firefighter, they begin to see the world from a variety of perspectives.
Besides exploring the feelings of others, dress-up play allows kids to work through their own feelings, and it even gives parents opportunity to view how their child perceives the world.
While engaging in character role-playing, kids also tend to utilize gross motor skills that are not used in other types of play or in other typical play patterns. This is all on top of the variety of future life-skills that they are exercising!
Whether you are dressing up for Halloween or just for imaginative playtime:
Smart Toy’s Top costumes for dress-up play:
Get Real Gear / My 1st Career Gear – Aeromax probably has the absolute best selection of occupational dress up for kids, with a huge variety of options from firemen to astronauts and much more.
Thank you for reading our guide to creative children’s costumes and kids role play costumes.
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