Kids: What To Include In A Dress-Up Chest

This article talks about which items should be included in a kids' dress-up chest.

If you want to keep your children occupied on a rainy day or if you just want to help them grow their imaginations, a dress-up chest is a great addition to the playroom. To make the chest extra special, you can buy a toy box and decorate it to look like a travel trunk, but even a big cardboard box full of props can provide hours of fun.

The most important thing to remember when you are putting the dress-up chest together is that children will think that a garment you consider dated or tacky is absolutely wonderful. Make sure you include clothing for boys and girls even if you only have boys or girls, since the dress-up chest could become an impromptu wardrobe for a play.

Dress-up chests should include several of your old evening gowns or cocktail dresses and a few suit coats. If you don't have a supply of fancy dresses, you can find a great assortment at thrift stores and secondhand shops. Children love to dress up in grownup finery, but it is also a good idea to include some outfits in your child's size. Some popular outfits are a ballerina's tutu, scrubs, and rescue worker uniforms. Old Halloween costumes are also popular additions to the chest.

Another important addition to the dress-up chest is accessories. Old neckties will turn your child into a businessman, the villainous banker, or a host of other characters. High-heeled shoes in small sizes are frequently reduced in most department stores. The next time you are at the mall, pick up a few pair of the gaudiest ones you can find on the sale racks. A pair of child sized cowboy boots and a pair of work boots are also good choices. Even though most grownups rarely wear dress gloves, children love to pull on a pair of elbow length gloves. Scarves and cloth handkerchiefs are also popular accessories.

Remember, no good dress-up chest neglects props. Your children will need costume jewelry necklaces, rings, and bracelets. Mardi Gras beads are ideal additions, but a cheap string of cultured pearls is also good. For a child who enjoys acting out fairy tales, make sure you include a tiara. If you can't find a tiara, even a paper crown can create a lot of fun. A wand is also a great prop for a child's dress up chest. Make one yourself with a thin dowel. Paint the dowel gold or silver and let it dry. Then, apply some sparkle with glitter and glue. For a finishing touch, cut a star from gold paper and glue it to the end of the dowel.

Do you have an old wig? Many children love to use the contents of their dress-up chests to create disguises. Wigs, old sunglasses, and even fake noses add a lot of options for children who are planning to create disguises. Add a magnifying glass and an old makeup brush so they can pretend to dust for fingerprints.

Finally, make sure you add an old wedding veil and a bouquet of fake flowers to the dress-up chest. With those two props, children can pretend to hold a wedding, since they can use any fancy dress for a bridal gown.

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