While it may seem that World Book Day dressing up was an invention devised purely to send parents into a frenzy, kids really do adore the chance to don a costume and take a more detailed look at their favourite book characters. The key is to see it through their eyes – as sheer fun! Remember that you’re not doing a GCSE in Making the Most Enviable Costume, you’re helping your child enjoy this fun day with their classmates. Here are some ideas for much-loved storybook characters….
Get some yellow wool and make two very long plaits by cutting about 20 pieces of wool very long and dividing into two, then plaiting by tying each with a bobble at the top. Tie the bottom of each plait with a bobble and a ribbon. Attach to your child’s own hair or a white maid-style hat. Have your child wear a blue dress, white socks and some traditional T-bar shoes.
Little Red Riding Hood
Cut a large semicircle of red fabric and fasten it over your child’s head with a safety pin. Have your child wear a plain dress, high socks and traditional shoes. Complete the look by arranging a basket full of goodies (cookies and cakes etc.) for them to carry.
One of the Three Little Pigs
Use a takeaway coffee cup for the snout; paint it pink with two circles at the front for nostrils. Create a hole in each side with scissors and fasten elastic so it fits around your child’s head. Make pink ears with pink card triangles also fastened to elastic, and then strapped onto their head. Paint your child’s face pink using face paints, and dress them in a pink top, denim dungarees and black plimsolls.
The Pied Piper
Have your child wear normal trousers and shirt, and carry a tin whistle. Fasten toy rats onto a piece of string and tie this to their waist band or belt. Add a hat if you have a suitable one.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Have your child wear green leggings and a green t-shirt. Stuff pairs of green tights, and attach them down the back of their t-shirt and leggings, to represent caterpillar legs. Attach antennae onto a headband.
Have your child wear a black skirt with a white blouse tucked in. They’ll also need a little white maid-type apron and an umbrella for extra effect!
Start off with a dressing-up fairy costume – if you don’t have one, ask around. Then, top this off with a wand and some wings, which can usually be picked up from your nearest pound shop.
Have your child wear all brown with a pale blue cardigan. Make a fluffy white tail to strap onto the brown trousers by sticking cotton wool onto a large circle. Make rabbit ears from brown triangles fastened to elastic, so you child can wear them as a headband.
Make a ‘revolting’ beard with brown wool of various lengths knotted onto elastic that can fasten around your child’s head. Get your child to draw different food stuffs onto paper, cut them out and stick them onto the beard. They need to look dirty and dishevelled, so have them wear old clothes with splodges of brown paint that looks like dirt. You can even paint their finger and toenails yellow, and have them wear sandals!
Dye your child’s dressing gown purple, or buy a cheap one to do this if you don’t want to ruin their own. Get a top hat (or make one from posterboard) and stick sweets, chocolates, candy sticks (or just the wrappers) all over it. Make a golden ticket using gold card and have them carry a tub of sweets around (if you ask their teacher, they may even be able to hand them out at the end of the day!).
This is the easiest costume you can put together! Have your child wear very smart school uniform and circular glasses, and draw a lightening scar on their forehead using face paint or make-up. Give them additional props if you like such as a black robe or cape, a wand, a Gryffindor-colour scarf or a toy owl.
Have your child wear jeans and a white long sleeve top. You can paint red stripes onto the top using fabric pens or fabric paint. Then, have them wear a white bobble hat, again using fabric pens or paint for the stripes. Finish the look with a pair of glasses.