Dress-up is a great way for your child to take
on different roles, which is a critical element to play. One of the easiest ways to help your child engage in dress-up is by providing different shoes, especially ones that are bigger (mom’s s...hoes, dad’s shoes, grandpa’s shoes, etc.). Some kids will naturally try on shoes when the shoes are out. Some kids might need you to model the activity. When you do this, you’ll put on another person’s shoes, walk around, and say, “Look, I’m daddy” using a playful voice. Take off the shoes and, most likely, your child
will do what they watched you do. By doing this, you are providing your child with an opportunity to engage in a pretend play activity that is easy for them to do (because the shoes are bigger, they can easily get them on and off by themselves). Research shows that children that engage in pretend play tend to demonstrate more empathy towards others because they have taken on different
roles and can relate to the other person more easily. Even more reason to walk around the house in your spouse’s shoes. ~Marena Mitchell, Speech-Language Pathologist
Daily tips, activities, and suggestions on how to naturally embed speech, language, play, fine motor, gross motor, and cognitive skills into your child's day, often using the materials already found in your home environment.
Marena Mitchell is a speech-language pathologist