Nearly all kids enjoy dress-up at some point. A strong practice of pretend play helps develop imagination
along with critical skills like communication
, executive function skills
, and creativity
. This activity provides the context of a story and self-designed nature crowns, which helps kids take on new identities with greater ease. The crown-making project is also a great way to develop fine motor skills
, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Several behavioral schema
-- a set of repetitive developmental behaviors that all children ages 18 months to five or six exhibit -- kick in as kids undertake this project. You'll recognize many: gathering ingredients and carting them around supports the transporting schema; placing objects in a particular order on the crown is great practice with the positioning schema; the very act of sticking objects onto the paper crown activates the connecting schema. What matters most to your kids, though, is the independence and pride they take in their final product -- even if it’s less than perfect-looking. Show fascination as your kids tell you all about their finished crowns -- it will boost their self esteem
even further. Then let the wild rumpus begin!