Dress Up Play
My kids love dress up play. Adding a silly hat or fun outfit brings out their imagination in ways nothing else seems to. Here are some tips to encourage dramatic dress up play in your youngsters…
10 Simple Tips for Dress Up Play
1. Shop Thrift Stores. Thrift stores are full of unique hats, accessories and clothing at an inexpensive price. Just make sure to wash them before offering to the kiddos.
2. Buy Halloween Clearance. Halloween costumes often go on clearance for 50% (or more!) off after the Holiday. Stock up on them to save as gifts for the kids to use for dress up play.
3. Don’t Forget the Accessories. Dress up play doesn’t always have to include a complicated outfit. Even some small accessories, like jewelry or scarves, can transform a child into a fun new character.
4. Throw On A Hat. So many occupations have unique hats (chefs, construction workers, train engineers, etc.). Having a wide array of hats might be all a child needs to really get into dress up play.
5. Add Props, Too. Props related to the dress up play clothes can really help elevate the dramatic play. Think teacups and saucers, magic wands, or a doctor’s kit.
6. Use Face Paint. Take it up a notch by adding some face paint to the dress up play. Simple face paint could help transform a child into a clown, butterfly, monster, or more.
7. Rotate Sets. Since we have so much, I separated our dress up play stuff into two sets. I rotate them ever few weeks so the kids get excited about them over and over again.
8. Set Up A Stage. Use some painters tape on the floor to mark off a stage for an impromptu dramatic performance.
9. Think Outside the Box. You’d be surprised what kids can come up with when they have unusual and creative materials. Pots and pans can become hats, boxes can become giant feet, and towels can be capes.
10. DIY Dress Up. Check out my Pretend & Dress Up Play Pinterest Board for lots of DIY ideas you can make to add to your dress up collection.
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