10 Best Preschool Dress Up & Role Play

List Updated August 2020

Bestselling Preschool Dress Up & Role Play in 2020


Set of 5 dress up boys Costumes 1 Car racing 2 Knight 3 Cowboy 4 Worker 5 Pirate

Set of 5 dress up boys Costumes 1 Car racing 2 Knight 3 Cowboy 4 Worker 5 Pirate
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • You are getting a total of 5 Dress up role play vasts & soft hats.
  • Each costume has appropriate drawings exactly as pictured.
  • Will keep kids busy for hour with quality and imaginary play.
  • School quality and safety tested for lead free.
  • Machine washable cold water and gentle dry.

Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Tiaras for Costume Role Play (4 pcs)

Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Tiaras for Costume Role Play (4 pcs)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 4 dress-up tiaras and crowns for royal pretend play
  • Durable construction
  • Fits kids ages 3-6
  • Coordinate with Goodie Tutus dress-up skirts and Step In Style dress-up shoes
  • Promotes imagination, social-emotional skills, and creative play

Melissa & Doug Princess Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs)- Pink Gown, Tiara, Wand

Melissa & Doug Princess Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs)- Pink Gown, Tiara, Wand
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Beautiful satiny dress with ruffles and regal details
  • 3-Piece set includes silvery wand and crown
  • Dress made of durable, machine-washable materials
  • Machine-washable costume and wipe-clean accessories

IQ Toys Set of 3 Rescue Costumes Fireman Police & Doctor with Hats & Over 15 Accessories

IQ Toys Set of 3 Rescue Costumes Fireman Police & Doctor with Hats & Over 15 Accessories
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • All 3 dress ups include Suit soft Hats and 4-6 accessories.
  • 1 size fits all ages 3-7
  • Easy for kids to put on and take off, NO buttons all dresses are with Velcro.
  • make a great gift for kids. and great for kindergartens and preschools.
  • Hours of quality and imaginary play. Safety tested for lead free.

Melissa & Doug Race Car Driver Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs) - Jumpsuit, Helmet, Steering Wheel

Melissa & Doug Race Car Driver Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs) - Jumpsuit, Helmet, Steering Wheel
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Race car driver costume with zip-up jumpsuit and realistic accessories
  • Durable, high-quality fabrics and construction
  • Includes jumpsuit with racing emblems, helmet with adjustable face mask, and soft steering wheel
  • Machine-washable costume and wipe-clean accessories
  • Ages 3-6

Doctor Dress Up Costume Role Play Set with Accessories

Doctor Dress Up Costume Role Play Set with Accessories
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Doctors Coat is washable
  • Includes stethoscope, blood pressure monitor, scissors, thermometer,
  • syringe, reflex hammer, reusable bandage
  • Promotes dramatic, social and imaginative play

Melissa & Doug Flower Fairy Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs) - Pink Dress, Wings, Wand

Melissa & Doug Flower Fairy Role Play Costume Set (3 pcs) - Pink Dress, Wings, Wand
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Fairy dress with wings and wand
  • Dress has velvety bodice, tulle petal skirt, embroidered trim, and flower accents
  • Shimmering butterfly accents on removable fairy wings
  • Ages 3-6
  • Promotes creative expression and imaginative play

Melissa & Doug Role Play Bundle - Fire Chief and Doctor

Melissa & Doug Role Play Bundle - Fire Chief and Doctor
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Aeromax Jr. Lab Coat, 3/4 Length (Child 4-6)

Aeromax Jr. Lab Coat, 3/4 Length (Child 4-6)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • MADE FROM high quality, durable material. MACHINE WASHABLE for use again and again.
  • INCLUDES one white lab coat with buttons and three front pockets.
  • REALISTIC DESIGN with 3/4 length.
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED for the to play the part of scientist, doctor, vet, dental hygienist, professor, artist, sculptor etc...... the possibilities are endless with this versatile Lab Coat!!

JaxoJoy Princess Beauty Set – Play Pretend Dress Up Jewelry Gift Set for Girls Includes Princess Tiara, Necklace, Earrings, Rings, Comb & Mirror – Recommended for Ages 3+

JaxoJoy Princess Beauty Set – Play Pretend Dress Up Jewelry Gift Set for Girls Includes Princess Tiara, Necklace, Earrings, Rings, Comb & Mirror – Recommended for Ages 3+
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

A Costumer's Guide to Easy and Original Fancy Dress this Halloween

Everyone wants to be Sarah Palin or George W Bush this Halloween. But what if you want to be really scary, creepy yet original? Or if you don't have the time to put into something intricate? Here are a few tips from an experienced costumer!

Time to open the attic, search the old trunks, raid the linen closet and sewing nook! Hit the resale stores, go online, go to the library!

One year, I was invited last minute to a Halloween party, and had nothing to wear. I decided that look really was just too scary, so I started tearing into my fabric stacks. A bunch of bright green gauzy stuff... a fleshy-pink sheer curtain panel... a dark green scarf with a bit of shine to it... I dressed in some pure white crinkly cotton summer things, and after wrapping the pink curtain around a long piece of cardboard, tied it to my back with the dark green scarf. I tucked in the mound of green gauze around the top, and to finish it, used a bit of spirit gum to stick a lot of tiny, bright orange seed-beads across my nose and cheeks: I was sushi! White rice, pink tuna, a bit of nori and wasabi, and little fish eggs... I looked delicious!

For several years I have been a costume cosultant, and for a time had a costume shop that specialized in costuming assembled from second-hand clothing: Salvation Army and Goodwill, on-line auction and vintage finds accumulated into collections for clowns and lawers, historic and futuristic looks, critters, characters from literature, from movies and TV shows, ethnic garb from many times and places. The place over-flowed with goodies!

Anyone can shop the same places,and of course it takes some luck of timing to find just what you want when you want it, so starting to look early is a good idea, but there are some things that can be found reliably just about any time of year.

Halloween scary stuff is hanging there in the shape of a dentist's tunic, or surgical scrubs; tops and bottoms, shoes and hats to clown around fiercely; fabrics to drape, to cut and ravage into zombie fashions; historic-period and vintage-inspired styles to garb a ghost of another era; ethnic clothes and accessories for a foreign mystique; uniforms, camo, military-look (especially in war-time, it is actually seriously against the law to wear actual, military rank or award insignia that you haven't earned. If you want to be a general for Halloween, snip some ribbon and use some hot-glue, some appropriate looking pendants to make your own medals and insignia. Use the little star pins from Girl Scouts to indicate your rank. Take off the stripes and other official patches. Really.)

Dickens/Victorian/Pioneer dress-up is popular for the Christmas season, and appropriate gowns can usually be found second-hand in the Evening Wear section, aka the Bridesmaid Dresses' Graveyard. Look over among the shoes for the little buttoned boots that went with the dress: they, too, were probably only worn once or twice. For men. tweeds in suits with a rather square cut topped with a natty bowler hat, or if you are lucky, something in black tails, with a top-hat. Shirts had high collars which can be constructed from starched white fabric. A generous ascot, perhaps tied in a bow if you are a 19th Century Poet, is good.

Men's hats are a find in second-hand stores, but in a pinch, one can rent a topper at a tux shop.

Early 1800s, pre-Victorian. is sometimes referred to as Regency, and has recently been popularized by films of the works of Jane Austen. These gowns are high-waisted--Empire-waisted, (referring to the Napolean Empire, while the Regency was more specifically English history.) and low-cut in the neckline. Very low-cut. The more modest ladies tucked in a bit of lace or a shawl around the neckline. Less modest ladies did not. Empire-waisted gowns are also fairly common in the second-hand market.

Pioneer/Old West is Victorian in calico. There was a resurgence of the style back in the 70s with labels like Gunnesax reg ( which also offered some updated Renaissance designs.) A bonnet can be made by cutting the back rim from a round-crowned straw hat, then adding a long ribbon across the cut, trailing out to make ties. You can get creative in hat-design: women of that era often made and decorated their own hats. There is a lot here for guys, too, in blousy calico shirts, or plain working shirts in unbleached or earthtone rustic cottons. (Avoid breast pockets, and neatly-set, narrow sleeves. The best look is full sleeves set down from the shoulder.) Look for western-style pants in rustic or rough fabrics. One of my favorites was black with wide pinstripes: very 'Maverick!'

Shakespeare/Elizabethan/Renaissance looks are often available year-round through on-line auctions. These are usually constructed costumes that have been worn a few times for Renaissance Faires or medieval re-creation groups like the Society for Creative Anachronism. Sometimes these are extremely well-crafted and authentic, though it is a good idea to look very closely at the pictures, and ask questions before committing to a bid. There is an element of risk that the seller may not deliver promptly, or that the process simply takes more time than you have; they can be pricey. And you will want time for your garment to run to the cleaner's and back. Men's costuming of the times--think pantaloons, easily made by putting elastic in a pant-cuff, and shoving it up the leg--and tights; close-fitting jackets with a bit of flair around the shoulder; as ever, blousy shirts without pockets, and for choice, V-necklines with lacing rather than buttons.

Petticoats--hoops or crinolines-- to go under gowns can be harder to find, especially at a reasonable (ie minimal) price. (Remember, if you find one that is a bit small in the waist for you, the top can be cut down to a more fitting circumference.) Regency gowns don't need them; Civil War Era and mid-1800s Victorian, and Renaissance gowns were wide in the extreme; skirts narrowed in the latter half of the 1800s. A petticoat wider than the skirt can be problematic: sometimes more is not better! But a wide crinoline can be cut down, too.

Every decade of the 20th Century made its own style signature. To the unfamiliar eye, they may seem all just 'old-timey' and anything will do. But if you are more particular about authenticity, you may need to do a bit of research. Watching old movies is a great way to see what was 'in' during a particular season, and there are photos in history books a-plenty, apart from specific guides on vintage style. Dover Press puts out a series of paper-doll books of the styles and fashions of various decades, and of celebrities of those decades, like Jackie Kennedy or Coco Chanel.

Likewise, if you care to get it right, there is a big difference between Victorian and Elizabethan, but I have found that many, many people didn't know the difference, or much care. But Ancient Egyptians did not wear Roman togas, and neither did Alexander the Great. Medieval garb is distincty different from Rennaissance. It is a simple matter to spend some time online or in a library, researching the era you want.

It is, as it has always been, easier and cheaper to dress as a commoner than a noble. Peasants march across the eras in pretty much the same kinds of garb as their ancestors, so era makes less difference. Thrift stores are full of rustic tunics with and without hoods, and leggings, . Accessories make all the difference: wide plain leather belts with simple but big buckles; slip-on shoes without laces or upper decoration, in beaten-up leather; shapeless straw, felt or leather hats. Sleeves, again, are blousy and set in down the arm rather than up on the shoulder. A leather pouch slung across the chest on a long strap is good, too. It's in the fabrics--homemade-looking textures--and the colors--earthy, natural colors or those derived from plant dyes--and the lack of snaps, zippers and modern buttons, that the character is conveyed. ( Ironically, one of the best -looking fabrics for rustic looks is raw silk.) Add a hunting horn and a game-bag for a medieval hunter; add a wide baldric draped across the chest and hang a sword-sheath on it, for a soldier. Carry a guitar or lute if you have one, for a minstrel.

Cloaks and capes have been worn through the ages, too. It is hard to find an actual cloak in thrift stores, though the Renaissance Fair crowd offer them through on-line auctions, often new. But if your resources don't run to the $100 range, go to that thrift store and comb through the skirt-racks for a simple A-line or half-circle skirt. When you find the right one, in an appropriate color and fabric, take it home and get out the scissors. It will take a couple of minutes to take out the front seam. If it is an elastic waistband, leave it: put an appropriate brooch at the center, above the cut seam, and pull the whole thing over your head.

If you add a short, shoulder-cape to a long winter coat, it becomes Victorian. If you hang a short cape with the opening over one shoulder, it has a decidedly Shakespearian look.

Togas were not bed-sheets, though a flat extra-long twin might get the idea across adequately. If you are a stickler for authenticity, however, I refer you to Colleen McCullough's Roman novels, several fairly thick volumes of historic novel recounting the last century of the Roman Republic when togas were the grey flannel suit, the pin-stripe and the tux of the times. In her footnotes and glossary in each one, she explains the toga, and offers a simple pattern of the right shape to get the right drape. Lindsey Davis, in her series of Roman detective novels, also gives some vibrant and detailed descriptions of what people were wearing in the Roman world.

If you are really pressed for time, but you want a good, scary, high-impact costume, you might follow the lead of the guy who made people turn white when they answered his knock: He was shaved and clean-cut, and wore his usual business suit and tie, with an employee-badge above the pocket that said, simply: Internal Revenue Service.

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