Today's version of playing dress-up with dolls is happening online with virtual makeover games for kids. But what exactly are they? And is it safe for children to use these sites? It's always a good idea to check out game sites before letting your child play, but there are a wide variety of fun makeover games available.
This is like the virtual version of those big fashion doll heads they used to make, except now, instead of brushing hair and applying real makeup to the doll, your little girl can makeover a doll with a few clicks of a mouse.
Most of these games allow your child to pick which model or "friend" she wants to make over first. Then she gets to do the hair, which might include picking a hairstyle, hair color, and adding some streaks and hair accessories. Next she can apply makeup in a variety of colors, including blush, lipstick, mascara, and eye-shadow, and sometimes even colored contact lenses.
The finishing touch is adding jewelry and accessories, such as a necklace, earrings, glasses, and maybe some face jewels.
Dress up games show the character's whole body instead of just the head, and your child will get to dress her up in various clothes and hats, just like a virtual Barbie® doll or paper doll. She can mix and match pants and tops, or dresses, jackets, shoes, boots and more. Then she can add some accessories like a purse, head scarf, and some jewelry.
The fashion designer game goes beyond the dress-up game and lets your child be a clothing artist.
The nail makeover starts with choosing a character's hands to work with. Then the virtual manicurist gets to pick the length of the nails, and which nail polishes to apply to each finger. Then she can add some nail stickers and rings. If she doesn't like something she's created, there's virtual nail polish remover to take it off.
Why stop with just people? Your little budding designer can also make over virtual rooms. Room makeover games let her choose a room to decorate, then change up the furniture, walls and floors. She can make over a party room with a party banner and party decorations, like a disco ball or balloons, as well as decide what games will be featured. Or she can choose to decorate a bedroom, and pick out the furniture, lights, walls, floor coverings, and even a pet companion.
With all of these games, after your child has created her masterpiece, she can keep a copy by printing it out. Soon she'll have her own fashion design portfolio.