With endless possibilities and guaranteed laughs, dress up games open the door to creativity and serve as an outlet for individuality, allowing people to express themselves and their takes on the world in their creation of characters. Award prizes to the most innovative and the most believable, and let them have fun.
Become a Superhero
Pull out old clothes, Halloween costumes, accessories such as headbands, ties and hats, and shoes of any style. Lay items out in the center of the room. Set a timer for five minutes and let kids select what they want to use to create their costumes. Limit them to one item per category, such as one shirt, one accessory and one pair of pants, or give them a maximum amount of things to take; no more than five items. When their time is up, let everyone show off their costumes. Have the group try to guess their superhero. If the group has trouble guessing, let the superheros display their powers or say choice phrases of their characters.
Create Someone New
Provide recyclable items like egg cartons, plastic bottles, aluminum foil, paper towels, plastic wrap and old rags to make a costume with. Divide people into groups of no more than five, and give them random items to create a character from. Have them select a person from their group and dress them with provided items, turning them into anything they wish. Set a timer for 15 minutes and alert teams when they have only five minutes left. Let them model their creations when time is up, explaining how certain items were used. Egg cartons can be abdomen muscles, a cereal box can be a backpack and am empty paper towel roll can become a baton.
Off to Work
Dig out old work clothes, clothes you never wear and other cloth items to play dress up. Have people dress like they are interviewing for a job, creating outfits they feel would impress the boss. Clothes provided do not have to be dressy or professional looking. Towels can become skirts, baseball pants can be slacks, ties can become belts and old jewelry can become fashionable. Let kids have fun picking out their outfits; don’t let anyone hog the items. This game is especially fun for young children because they get to pretend to be an adult. Old shoes, briefcases, pens, glasses, notebooks and other professional accessories make the activity even more enjoyable.
Dead or Alive
Divide kids into teams of five to seven. Set a timer for 30 minutes and tell kids to create someone famous, dead or alive. It can be anyone they want; they just have to be real. Provide items of all sorts to create their person from. Toilet paper hulls can become George Washington’s wig, a baby blue towel can be used as Mary’s shawl, fishnet hose can create Lady Gaga and a clown wig could become Lucille Ball’s hair. For extra laughs, ask all kids to create the same person. Or, reverse the roll, asking kids to create someone fictional.
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