Left it to the last minute to sort your child’s World Book Day costume?
Worry not. Here are seven easy peasy costume suggestions based on some popular preschool stories.
1. Witch from Room on the Broom
Who doesn’t love Room on the Broom? The witch is a simple costume you can raid your Halloween box for. Make it really authentic by adding a long ginger plait made from orange wool, and a brooch from a piece of cardboard cut out and painted or coloured with felt tips. Make a cape from a black bin bag and hey presto!
2. What the Ladybird heard
I feel like ladybird costumes have become a bit of a thing, so you may well already have one in your dress-up box. But if not, there are two easy options for creating your mini ladybird; either dress your little person in black and fashion some wings out of painted cardboard and elastic, or paint or tack some black spots onto a red T-shirt.
If you’re little one is more robber than ladybird, how about dressing up your own mini Heft Hugh or Lanky Len. All you need is a pair of jeans, wellies, woolly jumper and hat, plus an eye mask (I’m thinking you could re-purpose a ninja turtle or superhero mask), and you’re done!
3. Mouse from The Gruffalo
A Gruffalo outfit is a bit of a stretch for a last minute costume, so why not plump for the Mouse instead? If you can get hold of some felt and you’re feeling a bit crafty, this mask from The Educators’ Spin on It is a simple make. If not, pop some fabric or card ears on a headband and team it up with a brown outfit. To finish the look, add some whiskers drawn on with face paints or eyeliner. Want to add a tail? A length of pink ribbon is your simplest solution, or cut out (and if you have the time, stuff) a piece of pink fabric. I like this idea from Wading Through Soup – it’s a rat costume but looks very mouse-like to me!
4. Peter Rabbit
I love this simple Peter Rabbit costume from Play & Learn Every Day. It uses clothing you’ve probably got already (brown trousers and a blue jumper), with easy instructions for making a tail from some felt and cotton wool. Got no felt? Stick the cotton wool onto a piece of cut-out cardboard instead! And if you don’t have a pair of rabbit ears lying about the place, you should be able to pick up a pair of inexpensive ones from the supermarket or pound shop – it’s nearly Easter after all!
5. Dear Zoo
There’s a multitude of animals to choose from for this one – puppy, lion, monkey and elephant are amongst the most popular. If you’ve already got one of these animal costumes, team it with a homemade placard to match the character like this brilliant example.
6. Very Hungry Caterpillar
Who can resist this children’s classic? Whilst there are some totally amazing Hungry Caterpillar costumes out there, the look is just as easy to achieve without much effort. I like this idea of using a series of painted paper plates, or create your own headband from some coloured paper or pop some eyes on a red hat and team with a green T-shirt or jumper.
7. The Highway Rat
A lesser-known Julia Donaldson story, but one of our family favourites. Last year my middle man went to preschool as the Highway Rat and we were able to make his costume from existing outfits in our fancy dress box – a mix of a pirate outfit, a batman cape, ninja turtles mask, cowboy hat, hobby horse, and a bit of mummy’s eye liner! He loved it so much, he’s planning to go as The Highway Rat again this year!
Not sure about my suggestions?
1. Speak to your friends to see if they’ve got costumes from previous years they won’t be using this year.
2. Pop to the shops – most supermarkets and a whole host of online retailers are selling costumes especially for World Book Day. If you’re prepared to put your hands in your pockets this has got to be the easiest way to dress up for the day.
For more easy costume ideas and pictures, check out my pinterest board.
Amanda Overend set up Books & Pieces to make buying quality children’s books easy and affordable. She lives in Leicestershire with her three little boys (and one big one!).