Dress Up

By Activity Bank on Nov 05, 2013

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Playing dress up is a natural activity for young children; it can help to improve body awareness and identification of body parts. Lessons include English Language Arts, Orientation and Mobility, and Independent Living Skills.


Shirts (with long or short sleeves), pants (long or short), gloves, hats, socks, shoes, bracelets, rings, watches, belts, necklaces, earmuffs, earrings, scarves, face masks, nose warmers, sandals, boots. (Select over-sized shirts and pants so the student can put them on over his regular clothes.)


  • Provide the student with a wide variety of dress-up clothing and accessories.
  • Put clothing on and take it off, describing the body parts wearing the clothing (e.g. “Put the hat on your head”).
  • The instructor can provide the names of the body parts or ask students to provide them, for example, “The gloves are on your hands,” or “The watch is on your wrist.”


Put the clothing on a doll.

Hint: Provide the names of the body parts when dressing the student every day.