pretend play is important in a child's life

Kids love dress up games because playing pretend is great fun.

Why kids love dress up games: The same reason adults do. It's fun for the young and old, who don costumes at Halloween or for Mardi Gras. Kids can do it anytime. Adults, maybe not. You get to be someone other than yourself for a few hours. It is make-pretend at its best.

When a child, for example, puts on her "veterinarian" scrubs, grabs her toy stethoscope and proceeds to examine her "sick" toy dog, she is learning a bunch of stuff. She learns how to use a stethoscope and understands animals sometimes get sick and require medical help. She develops compassion for animals and an appreciation for those who care for these creatures.

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