World Book Day – Last Minute Bilingual or Multilingual Book Character Costumes
Great Last Minute Book Week Costume Ideas
Book Week is upon us – don’t despair here some last minute book costume ideas
Today, the 23rd of April is World Book Day and many schools around the world will be celebrating book week. As the kids go back to class after the Spring Break or Easter Holidays, they will be asked to dress up as their favorite book character. We thought we could lend a little helping hand with some easy last minute costumes. Whenever my kids went to school with a homemade costume for book week, I scored some extra points. However, truth be told, the only reason they had a homemade costume, was because this mama had forgotten it was book week until the very last minute…stress…yikes! I have to admit I remember those days with certain fondness, it was stressful at the time, but in hindsight, it was kind of worth it.
Here 10 very last minute ideas for “oops, I forgot the costume” Mamas like myself:
Don Quijote by Miguel Cervantes:
This is probably the costume that will take the longest to make out of all our options, but it is not difficult.
You will need:
- Large cardboard or recycled box, rubber bands or string and aluminum foil
- Cut two pieces to make the metal armor front and back and cover with aluminum foil, fix to each other with rubber bands over shoulders and then at the end also around the waste, so it is comfortable for the child to wear.
- the pole of a floor mop, to be made into a spear, also cover with aluminum foil and attach a paper pointy top
- For the helmet use a cap and attach a ring made out of cardboard, so it is more sturdy, cut out a half moon at one side and then cover all with foil.
- Glue and sticky tape
What to wear underneath:
- white t-shirt
- dark shorts
- black stockings (leotards)
- Draw a pointy beard and mustache.
Here a quick video that outlines the outfit step by step: Don Quijote last minute costume video in Spanish, but easy to follow
- Small bed sheet or piece of cloth to be used as a cape,
- Face mask
- A t-shirt that you can write on. Get creative, why not write their initial onto a big hexagon, so they become “Super Caroline or Maria or Tim or Tom”
- blue dress
- big red bow
- white stockings – THAT’s IT!!
Another one from Matilda, Ms. Trunchball:
- A dress or one of daddy’s suit jackets
- A dark belt
- Huge black, connected eyebrows cut out of cardboard or paper
- Hair in a dutt
If you decide to go for the dress option, make sure it goes all the way up, so it looks more strict.
If you decide to go for one of daddy’s suit jackets, use a white shirt and a tie to go with it.
- Roasting pan painted in green (we only had a small one, the larger ones would look much better)
- Brown or yellow paper or felt material for the turtle front
- green t-shirt
- Colored material (orange, purple, red or blue, depending on which turtle you want to be) for the eye-mask and cutouts on arms and legs
Here two examples we found online:
- Colorful clothes, the crazier, the better.
- Long socks of two different pairs or a colorful pair of stocking
- Hair in two simple braids or if you want them to stick up you will need a piece of wire to hold them up (WATCH OUT! Probably NOT a good idea for small children)
- On this image we used a wig, a great option if the child’s hair is too short.
Here a great video for the hair, if you decide to go for the wire version:
- Blue sweater
- hair gelled up only on the front
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak:
- White or grey hoodie
- paper cutouts for buttons, horns, and cuffs
- pipe cleaners for the whiskers
- cardboard crown and wool for the bottom crown.
If you have time here is one with a lot more detail:
- Round paper or cardboard cutout for the face. Use this close-up to draw mouth, nose, eyes, and hair.
- Black or dark shorts
- long white socks
- Attach a wooden handle (i.e. chopstick) to the face cut-out, so it is easier to hold
Of course, we had to include this one, it is THE easiest of them all!!
Your child can go as him or herself…easy peasy, lemon squeezy!
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