I have a confession to make: I love dressing up. Not just for special occasions but every day. Mad hats, crazy coats, daft dresses - if there's anything wacky, I want to wear it. It is not something that has diminished with age; if anything, it's got worse. The saddest thing about this obsession is that I have never been invited to a fancy-dress party. Not one. Ever.
It is easy to dismiss dressing up as play or harmless fun, but it does have a serious role. For the very young it fulfils an important psychological need, allowing for experimentation and fantasy. Teachers report other benefits, too, such as increased confidence, expanded vocabulary and improved writing skills.
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