I remember dressing paper dolls with tabbed paper clothes, and spending hours changing Barbie from one outfit to another. While those are still worthwhile pastimes, the following interactive dress up games add another dimension to the dress up genre. To play all the games, you will need both Shockwave and Flash.
Rather than a single game, this site is a collection of dress up games, both on the site and off. Some of my favorite categories include Celebrities (check out You Wear It Well), Historical (don't miss Mr. Picassohead) and Making Faces (try Hairstyle Runner.) Getting back to the kids, under Games for Kids, there are eight categories including Food, Cartoon Heroes, Girls (a very long list of links) and Boys. A terrific site, but keep in mind that not all the games are appropriate for all age groups.
Angelina is a delightful ballet-dancing mouse created by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig. In this interactive story, not only can you dress Angelina for her dance recital, you can also decorate the stage, practice the steps, choose the music, and watch the show. To begin, click on Game, then Dress Up. In addition to the game, there are mini-posters and coloring pages to print, e-cards to send, and a description of all the characters in the Angelina books. This charming site is my dress up pick of the day.
Here's one for all you Barbie fans. "The fairy tale princess has been invited to a ball. She's going to meet her prince, so handsome and tall." First step is choosing your story: Rapunzel, Swan Lake, or Nutcraker. Once inside, some of the accessories are click and drag, while others are simply a click. But discovering all the hot spots is part of the fun, so I won't divulge any more. When your picture is complete you can print it out, or email a friend about the game.