How to Create a Dress-up Game

by Edith Quinn

Dressing up as a superhero or mythical creature provides kids with the opportunity to explore imaginative play. Dress-up games offer an alternative to video and computer games, which have become a staple of modern childhood. Encourage your children to spend less time watching television and more time playing with one another by creating a dress-up game that can be enjoyed by all members of the family.

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Step 1

Appeal to your audience. When creating a dress-up game for young children make it age appropriate by keeping the game simple with little or no rules. Role-playing games such as pretending to be a doctor or bus driver are best for young kids. For older children, create games that are more complex and interesting, such as a costume scavenger hunt.

Step 2

Choose a theme. Decide if your game will revolve around one dress-up theme, such a character group of princesses or pirates, or incorporate multiple themes, such as science fiction, supernatural or fantasy.

Step 3

Buy costumes at a supply store or at vintage shop. Search through your own closet for clothes and accessories that can be used by game players. Or keep it simple and inexpensive by only allowing players to use colorful blankets or scarves as their costumes. This will force kids to be more imaginative and creative.

Step 4

Establish rules when creating a dress-up game for older children. Decide the minimum and maximum number of players needed to play the game. Develop a points system not only to establish the winner, but to eliminate players from the game.

Step 5

Incorporate music. If you are trying to keep your game simple and enjoyable for all audiences, include music or traditional childhood games. One option is to have players dress up and play games such as musical chairs; red light, green light; or Simon Says.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get kids involved by letting them make costumes and develop the rules of the games.

About the Author

Edith Quinn has been writing since 1998 when she landed her first newspaper reporting job. Spending most of her career working for community newspapers, she has covered everything from ribbon cuttings to criminal trials. Her work has appeared in "The Daily Observer" and "Nepean This Week." Quinn has diplomas from both the print and photojournalism programs at Loyalist College.

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