We’ve put together some costume ideas, a list of recommended books from Norwich Mumblers on the Chat group, and some sounds/phonics ideas for encouraging early reading skills in time for World Book Day on 7th March!
Most local supermarkets have a good selection of World Book Day costumes, but here’s 15 costume ideas you can create from items you might find at home:
1. Scarecrows Wedding
Grab some old clothes (a pair of dungarees if you have them), put a few holes in them, some straw, an old hat and a bit of face paint for a dirty face and you are done.
Fairly easy one to turnaround from existing wardrobe contents – a blue dress, with red ribbons in your child’s hair and carrying a pile of books.
3. Where’s Wally?
If you or your child have a red and white striped jumper in your wardrobe, this is the perfect time to get it out. Match it with a bobble hat and some black round-rimmed glasses, or paint on with face paint if you don’t have any, and you have Wally.
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
This is a quick turnaround one if you suddenly remember the night before! You just need a white T-shirt, black shorts and accessorize with a black rucksack. If you have time you could draw Greg’s face on a paper plate!
Very topical at the minute, you will need a duffle coat (preferably blue) – a black hat, brown trousers, red welly boots & a suitcase (can use an old tea set case or make one). A real marmalade sandwich is optional!
6. Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs
Harry wears a red top and blue trousers and walks around with a bucketful of dinosaurs. Easy Peasy!!
7. Mr Bump
Dress your child in blue clothes and then get creative with the loo roll or bandages, if you have any spare.
8. Angelina Ballerina
If you have a dancer in the house make use of the pink leotard and tutu, add a pink hair bow and create some ears (children can help to make these) and stick onto a hair band and you have your own Angelina!
9. Captain Underpants
A pair of white Y fronts, worn over trousers, and a red cape. Ta da!
10. Room on the Broom or Worst Witch
Room on a Broom is a firm favourite in our house and it’s a GREAT way to get a bit more wear out of that Halloween costume! Stick a few soft toys onto the broom and add a fairy wand and a bow… you are set!
11. The Cat in the Hat
You need black tracksuit bottoms, white T-shirt, a black cardigan and white gloves if you have them. Make a mini top hat and attach (or paint) a red ribbon on. Face paint could be used to paint some whiskers on your child’s face.
12. Animal Characters
Pyjamas and nightwear can be used and recycled to make a number of fun costumes. For example, animal onesies can be easily transformed into an animal book character such as the mouse from Gruffalo or a tiger from the Tiger came to Tea.
Sometimes you have to pick your battles and if they want to be Anna from Frozen and it means no arguments, go with it. Princesses and Superheroes are often popular in Reception!
14. Harry Potter
Super easy one, send in school uniform with a black cape. You could event go old school and use a black bin bag! If you don’t have real round glasses then draw on some face paint glasses.
Use a box to make a Minecraft head. Pair it with blue trousers and a red t-shirt for a Zombie Villager – so I’m told! All you need is a box (the one in the picture was an A4 paper box) some green, red, brown and black paper cut into squares and some glue.
We hope the kids have a fantastic World Book Day!
** Photos courtesy of Mumblers and Pinterest **
Mumbler’s Recommended Books for Pre-schoolers to KS1:
Fiction Dogs Don’t Do Ballet – Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie
Some Dogs Do – Jez Alborough
The Incredible Book Eating Boy – Oliver Jeffers
Oi Frog – Kes Gray and Jim Field
Moomin and the Wishing Star – Tove Jansson
The Ravenous Beast – Niamh Sharkey
Penguin – Polly Dunbar
You Can’t Take and Elephant on a Bus – Patricia Cleveland-Peck
Giraffes Can’t Dance- Giles Andreae
Rhinos Don’t Eat Pancakes – Anna Kemp & Sara Ogilvie
The Koala Who Could – Rachel Bright
Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freedman
The Dinosaur that Pooped books – Tom Fletcher
Dave – Sue Hendra
Nuddy Ned – Kes Gray
The Jasmine Sneeze – Nadine Kaadan
Don’t Call Me Sweet – Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Little Answer – Tim Hopgood
Supertato – Sue Hendra
Non-Fiction 101 Great Science Experiments – Neil Ardley Look Inside Space – Usborne
Sound out some of simple words when you’re reading stories together /c/u/p/ cup /m/a/t/ mat If you do this regularly it will help them to hear how the sounds ‘blend’ together to make readable words, a vital skill when they are learning to read themselves.
i-spy type games – Instead of saying the letter name (ABC) think about what SOUND the object begins with. For example, clock begins with a ‘ccc’ sound rather than the letter C.
Matching objects to sounds – Go on a ‘Sound hunt’ and find items in your house that start with different sounds, like a ‘mmmm’ sound (monkey) or ‘d’ (doughnut). This can be done in the supermarket too!
Rhyming Games/books – There are so many great rhyming books; Julia Donaldson ones are really good for this. Have fun with the silly sounding words/rhymes and see if you can think of other words that rhyme together.One piece of advice I always give to parents it to make sure your child sees you read. Signs, packets, leaflets…show them there are things to read EVERYWHERE!