Play Time: Fancy Dress for Toddlers

A while ago we posted a delicious article on the benefits of letting children dress themselves. We highlighted how dressing oneself encourages self confidence and a sense of achievement, but did you know that making ‘dressing up’ a game can also enhance and boost their language skills?

Try this fancy dress game as a learning tool to play with children from the age of around 2 years old already.

Together collect some interesting old clothes in a box or an old suitcase. Play a naming game with these articles and see if the child or children can name each item.

Ask the child to close their eyes and choose an item. Keeping eyes closed can the child guess which item he or she is holding? If they guess correctly, let the child put the item on or they can’t guess, let them choose another item until he or she is successful.

Now it’s your turn to close your eyes and guess what item of clothing you have chosen. Let your toddler help you by telling you if your guess is right or wrong, and letting you put the item on if correct.

Continue taking turns. You should both end up with some very funny outfits. Perhaps one shoe, and a skirt and 3 hats or 4 socks.

Its a barrel of laughs. After-all there’s better way to learn than through play and these are the moments which make memories to hold dear forever.

Written by: Bianca Steyn

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