Kids of all ages love to play dress up! Pretend play is a fun way for children to learn important skills like story building, sequencing, taking turns, and sharing. Create a classroom dress up center in your school, preschool, or home to let kids’ imaginations soar. They will have fun learning while they play!
How to Create Your Own Classroom Dress Up Center:
I used crates to build the structure of this classroom dress up center for several reasons. For starters, wood crates are affordable and sturdy. The metal rimmed crates I used in this project give the piece an attractive finish, too. The open spaces in the crates are perfect for storing many of the items needed to play in the center, making clean up and organizing a breeze.
Stack three crates to make the sides of the dress up center. Use screws and bolts to join the crates together. I connected the top two crate towers with two 36″ long large dowel rods. I hammered a nail through the crate and the end of the dowel to join them. The dowel on one side makes a rod to hang costumes on, while the dowel on the back will hold up the curtain for the stage area.
I chose the Darice Mylar Gold Fringe Backdrop because it seemed fitting for a stage. First, I measured a sheet of white fabric to fit the stage area. I measured from end to end of the crates and from the floor to the top of the rod. Then I hot glued the fringe pieces for the backdrop to the fabric. Finally, I used industrial strength Velcro Tape to hang the backdrop on the crates and dowel rod.
I stocked the “backstage” of the dress up center with lots of fun Darice items that the kids can use for pretend play. The crates hold fun items like a dress-up chef’s hat, a foam explorer’s hat, a foam construction hat, assorted animal hats, and crowns.
You can use different sized crates or make the dowels shorter to adjust the size of the dress up center to fit your space. Kids will have hours of fun playing and pretending in this classroom dress up center that is easy to create.
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Morena from MorenasCorner.com is the kind of girl who would rather have paint on her fingers than get a manicure. Morena’s passion is using thrifted and inexpensive finds to craft designer inspired creations, and she enjoys creating colorful, bold pieces of home decor. The Italian-American daughter of two DIYers, she and her husband strive to pass the tradition and value of handmade to their four children.