Kids Dress Ups

Today I Want To Be…

kids dress ups

Most young children love
to dress up. Kids dress ups as a form of pretend play can bring even
the shyest of children out of their protective shell.

Whether it
involves having their face painted, wearing a fancy costume or just
putting a sheet over their head, it is their way of being someone else.

A dressing up box is a worthwhile investment which you can keep adding
to as you acquire new costumes for parties and special events.

You might
like to find a blanket box or a large old suitcase to decorate with your
children to put all of their dress ups into.

Some suggestions for the
dress ups box include-

  • Special Oufits– fairy wings, tulle skirts, superhero costumes
  • Headwear– old glasses (remove the lenses!), wigs, assortment of hats, can even make antennae using hairbands with pipecleaners!
  • Bits and Bobs– jewellery, old watches, belts, gloves, handbags
  • Old Clothes– oversized clothes and shoes of your own or from thrift stores
  • Something Special– feather boas, wands, swords, sequins, fake fur, face paints
  • Homemade Outfits
    wrap-around cloaks, modified pieces of material and hats, foil covered
    cardboard police badges, mum’s make-up (on special occasions!)
    an old curtain for a ballgown, a raincoat and boots for a fireman (can
    also wear the police badge!), a length of tulle for a bride or
    ballerina- most scraps of material that you have can be used in some
    way. Even the tiniest square of material I have manages to become a
    blanket for teddy or doll of some description.

*TIP- For younger kids you might want to replace buttons with velcro so that they can change without always requiring adult help.

Good sources for child dress ups are opportunity shops, garage sales,
flea markets and of course your own wardrobe!! My kids love dressing up
their teddies as well which just requires old baby clothes of the right

Make a Story
the ideas that inspire your child through dressing up to create a story
that you act out together. Boxes and other household items can be used
as props and the story can be as simple or nonsensical as your child
allows it to be.
Let your imagination run wild!

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