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.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The little girl who wanders into the woods where she trespasses onto the Three Bears property, steals their porridge and causes criminal damage to their belongings. Your child can be Goldilocks for the day, hopefully without the law breaking, by wearing a dress and taking to school a plastic bowl and spoon (her porridge) or a teddy bear (one of the Three Bears of course).
Charlie Bucket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Poor little Charlie is literally that, poor. Living in poverty in a tiny house, he desperately wants to visit Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory when the great chocolatier opens it’s doors. Dress as Charlie by wearing jeans and a top and printing out a golden ticket.
Little Red Riding Hood by Charles Perrault
Everyone knows the story of the little girl in the red dress visiting her grandma, only to find a wolf in grandmas bed instead. Become Little Red Riding Hood for the day by dressing in a red dress and, if you have one a red hooded top.
Harry from Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow and Adrian Reynolds
Five year old Harry is always going on adventures with his dinosaur friends. Carried in a bucket, Harry often jumps in to join them in DinoWorld. Dressing as Harry is simply a case of wearing normal clothes and taking to school a plastic bucket with little toy dinosaurs inside.
Lyra from The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman.
Fiesty Lyra Belacqua questions everything. All around her children are disappearing, being kidnapped, and nothing is as it seems. Dress up as Lyra by wearing a blue dress and making a golden compass (or alithiometer as it’s also known) by printing this image and sticking it to a circle of thick card.
Mr Bump from The Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves
Unless you happen to have some of Georges’ marvellous medicine to hand, it might be hard to magically become Mr Tall. However, dress your child in blue jeans, blue top and wrap some bandages around their middle and they’ll be transformed into Mr Bump.
Harry Potter by J.K Rowling
Everyone knows the story of the boy wizard, dress up as him or one of his friends by wearing normal clothes, some round glasses (for Harry) and a stick for a wand. If you have any witchy, wizardy Halloween costumes they could also wear a hat or a cape. Alternatively, make a hat by rolling black card into a cone shape.
Are your kids looking forward to World Book Day? Who are they dressing up as?