Dress up games are a great way to stimulate your child’s imagination!
They are a great tool to share with a caregiver, or incorporate into a sweet night of family fun for engaging and interactive fun! Pretend play helps grow your child’s problem solving skills and supports them as they learn how to navigate the real world. Have you ever heard of the Magic Elevator? This is a FREE and simple, yet, FUN pretend play dress up game to enjoy adventurous excitement with your children!
Items needed for the Magic Elevator dress up game:
- Fun style clothing and accessories to make your adventure fun.
- A mat or space that will be the elevator – you can even make a fort to get into!
- Find a signal or create one with items in your home to sound when it’s time to head to the next land.
- Download our FREE, printable elevator button.
Let's walk through how to prepare for your adventure on the Magic Elevator:
- Find an old time hat and vest, or any vintage style clothing and pretend that you are an elevator operator that runs a magical travelling elevator.
- To set up the magic elevator, designate a place that you identify as the magic elevator. You can create it by placing a mat on the ground, or even create a fort-like space to get inside. You can get crazy with it or go super simple!
- If you like, you can premake a keypad for the elevator, or just imagine it’s there! Then ask the child what number they would like to go to. For example, if they say 6, jump 6 times and tell them where you have arrived. Tape up the keypad or you can hold onto it!
- Children take turns choosing a button to push. When a button is pressed, you say “whoooahhhhh!” and pretend the elevator is moving and jerking around during the ride – then DING! Ring a bell or find another noise to indicate arrival at each floor.
NOTE: It is helpful to have a sound to signal when it’s time to leave a land and get back onto the elevator. Adults can make the signal whenever they feel the time is right so the energy stays up and moving.
Example lands to travel to in the magic elevator:
Sunny Clouds Button
You have arrived at a peaceful pond. What kind of smells do you smell? If you have a frog puppet, you can meet a frog that invites you to play a game. You can sing the morning on the Pond song or Speckled Frogs!
Traffic Light Button
Rocket Launch Button
This button sets you out into the depths of the sea and everyone becomes an ocean character. Blowing bubbles adds a nice touch here. Each child will take a turn to moving around like their chosen sea creature and everyone guesses what they are. Perhaps they even see a treasure chest and everyone gets to take some magical treasure back with them! For additional adventures through the sea, check out our very own audio story, Mermaid Tales.
Question Mark Button
We hope you have fun jumping from land to land with your family and friends using our dress up game for pretend play!
Feel free to use our ideas to form your own lands, costumes, or buttons! It’s our goal to help you create an experience that is intellectually beneficial, packed with family fun, and helps you make delightful memories. Our hope is that your family will be talking about their dress up game adventures for years to come!