We all know our children are supposed to do lots of reading, books come home in book bags, library visits are encouraged and book fairs visit school. Reading is what they’re supposed to do but what if your child would rather pick up their toys than a book? Reading doesn’t have to happen before bedtime from the pages of a book, we are surrounded by words and so there’s plenty of things to read that aren’t books.
Firstly let’s face it, some of the story books at school are a bit naff and, whilst children usually get to choose their book each week, for some children they’re picking the best out of a bad bunch. If your child has a penchant for the non-fiction section instead of Biff, Chip and Kipper, they may be reluctant to read what comes home in their book bag.
With World Book Day (3rd March) fast approaching, I asked the boys what character they’d each like to dress up as.
Big Robot chose George from Roald Dahl’s Georges Marvellous Medicine. For how to dress up as George, and other easy costume ideas, check out my World Book Day costume post.
Little Robot is big on superheroes. A huge fan! So naturally he wanted to be Superman. Fine, I thought, he has a Superman top with cape attached, he can wear that. Sorted.
However the children need to bring in a book from home for the day, Little Robot wanted a Superman book and we don’t have any. Well he initially suggested taking one of daddy’s Superman comics…err, I don’t think daddy would like that!
This year is flying by, we’re almost in March which means World Book Day is just around the corner. On the 3rd March, many children will be dressing up as their favourite book characters for the day.
Though what if you’re not a whizz with paints and PVA? Or simply don’t have the time. Here’s 10 simple World Book Day costumes, most of which just require normal clothes and some easy to make props.
George from Georges Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.
Little 8 year old George decides he needs to do something to shake his mean old grandma up a bit. He makes his marvellous medicine, tipping every household item he can find into a big pan. Dress up as George by wearing jeans and a top plus going to school with a saucepan and spoon, or a brown bottle and spoon. If you don’t have a plastic brown bottle, make one by covering an old plastic bottle in brown tape.