Pirates and fairies and wizards, oh my! A chef one day, a ballet dancer the next. Dressing up is one of the best ways to encourage imagination and creative thinking. Pretending to be someone strong and brave or graceful and talented helps kids believe they are capable of anything. Playing dress up in groups helps kids learn to navigate all those social rules they'll need to observe in school and in life in general. Plus, they can explore different emotions and parts of their personality while swashbuckling or saving their favourite doll from a ravenous dragon. En garde!