Just Playing? Dress up

We are starting a new series with a few awesome bloggers called Just Playing? This will be each Thursday. There will be a link at the end of the post of all the participating blogs, just click on the picture you want to visit and it will take you to them.

How it works:
I’ll be posting a few photos of my kids playing, I will not be explaining much, but I want you to jump in and answer a few questions. The aim of this project is to discover how children play and while playing what are they learning. This could be interesting, for parents and teachers.

Another thing, please do excuse the quality of the photos. Most of these activities will be impromptu, and child led, so there is no time to set up the perfect area, lighting and so forth.

This week, I’ve changed L(3.5years) room a bit, and placed all of her dress up clothes in reach.
W(13mos) had a turn too! Do you think he is experiencing anything valuable here?


The cousins came over for a visit and that led to some more fun!


We may be “just playing”, but….

What are the children doing here?

What do you see?

What learning is taking place?

What skills are being practiced/developed?

just playing This post is part of the “Just Playing?” Blog Hop!

Thank you for remembering that young children do not “just play.” Young children play. They develop through play. They learn through play. They experiment through play. They grow through play. A child’s work is play. Play is important!

Please take a moment to reflect upon the photos and questions above. I would love for you to share your observations in a comment. I’d also like to invite you to “hop” on over to all of the other bloggers who are sharing photos of children learning through play this week:

If you are looking for more of our “Just Playing?” posts and resources from around the globe, please visit our Pinterest Board.

Are you a blogger? Would you like to join the JUST PLAYING? blog hop community?

You can join the hop via our Facebook Group: Just Playing?

or please contact Amy from Child Central Station for more information.


  1. says

    Love your set up- it looks so inviting and obviously it is! Looks like they had fun playing dress up all week! I see kids having fun, exploring their imaginations, practicing the fine motor skills needed to get dressed, learning how to take turns and share as they play together. The little one is learning all of these skills too as he observes his big sister and cousins playing and as he tries out the dress up clothes too! Dress up play can also be a sensory experience as they explore all the different textures.
    Samantha @ Stir the Wonder recently posted…Just Playing? Building a SnowmanMy Profile

  2. says

    I am captivated by your 13 month old’s engagement with the newly accessible materials in big sister’s room. What a gift to capture the initial exploration of a young child and his way of “dressing up” with the necklace on his foot and his touching of the scarf in another photo. His presence just being among the items is seemingly content and sensorial at the same time.
    Jeanne recently posted…just playing? climbing a block towerMy Profile

  3. says

    One of the things I love about dress up play is that anything goes! Imagination rules and there is no “dress code”. It looks like the kids are learning to fasten (button, zip tie, etc) and how to dress themselves. They are learning to hang things up and take items off the hangers. Lots of fine motor practice going on and I’m sure there was plenty of great dialogue going on during this process. I love that one of the kids is trying on necklaces on different parts of his body and another is learning to pack a purse—an essential skill for later in life! Looks like a fun day!!!

  4. says

    Great invitation to dress up play. There is always so much social learning going on during dramatic play. I agree with Ayn that dress up is always the perfect time to practice all those self-help skills like buttoning, without them really knowing they are practicing anything at all! Sometimes in the late fall I provide winter gear in the dress up area, so they can “practice” during their play instead of when its time to get out the door!

  5. says

    I love the mixed ages and the mix of materials available to the children in the photos! It is clear that there is a lot of social learning going on. Materials are being used, traded, even shared. There is some fine motor development taking place with the children working on their dressing and undressing skills. The feel of different textures and items provide sensory exploration. The children are developing their creativity and imagination as they are acting out their experiences.
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