Parenting in the First 3 Years Podcast
#39: What Happens When Your Child Puts on a Costume? Developmental Play!
with Ann McKitrick
In this episode…
- You’ll learn what happens in the mind of a child when they put on a costume and become the character.
- You’ll get tips on how to play with your little superhero in a way that respects the process of play and models care and cooperation, even when you’re pretending to be an evil character.
Here’s a glance at this episode…
- [01:16] When you put on a costume and immediately begin acting like whatever you are
- [03:20] How “theory of mind” develops and what this has to do with pretend play
- [04:20] Costumes allow children to practice and rehearse real life, including moral dilemmas
- [06:03] Does superhero play lead to aggressive play?
- [07:30] How parents can be part of the play in a way that supports not squashes
- [09:34] Costumes allow kids to “try on” behaviors that are not allowed normally and why that’s good
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