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- In 2013, Book Week was held from 17th – 23rd August, in Australia with the theme of Read Through The Universe. For kids, that means dressing-up for Book Week in your favourite character and taking part in a fun school parade. On the other hand, Book Week costumes can mean stress for parents and a lot of last minute expensive purchases. Costume ideas for Book Week can be as simple as getting a few things from around the house and gathering a few craft supplies. Here are our 17 bright ideas for Book Week costume ideas that are quick, easy and simple. Why not post a picture of your Book Week costume on our Facebook page to show us your ideas? If you prefer to buy a costume, check out our other list – Book Week Costume Ideas To Buy.
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Go as a Rocket from Roaring Rockets by Tony Milton and Ant Parker– Get a large piece of silver cardboard and make it into a cylinder that will fit around your child’s body, under their arms. Attach 2 ribbon at the top of the cylinder to make shoulder straps. Take two soft drink bottles, cover them in foil then attach them together to the back of the cylinder to make rocket boosters. Create a cone with silver cardboard to make a hat and top of the rocket. You could even add more details like fire from the boosters with red cellophane or some triangle pieces on the side of the body for wings or some windows and doors.
Go as an Alien from Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort – Find a headband, some pipe cleaners and Styrofoam balls. Push the balls onto a pipe cleaner and repeat so you have two. Attach them to the headband and wrap the whole head piece with foil. Draw two big eyes on cardboard. Cut them out and stick an eye on the end of each ball. Wear a green tracksuit and cover your shoes in some foil. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as Nicolas from Space Boy by Leo Laundry. To make a space suit, start with a white, long sleeved t-shirt and white pants. Find a white ice cream container and cut out a hole on one side to so you can look out of your helmet. Use some elastic or ribbon at the bottom of the helmet to secure it under your child’s chin. If possible get white gloves, a white back pack and cover shoes in silver foil. Get a square of cardboard and draw some buttons on it to look like controls and secure to the front of the space suit. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as Saturn from A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky by Michael Driscoll and Meredith Hamilton – Get a hoola-hoop and wrap it with foil. Attach some ribbon for over the shoulder straps and wear over a grey tracksuit. If you want to be more elaborate, get 2 hoola-hoops of different sizes and tie them together at 4 points so you have double rings.
Go as The Solar System from The Magical School Bus: Lost in the Solar System by Joanna Cole – Get a hoola-hoop and attach ribbon to make two shoulder straps. Blow up 8 balloons in a variety of sizes. Attach them to the hoola-hoop to be the planets. Make sure you have a blue balloon for Earth and a red balloon for Mars. Make a sun mask with a large yellow paper plate. Cut out the middle so your child can see through it. Get some yellow cellophane and make a fan (folding back and forward) then spread around and attach to the edge of the yellow plate. Put some ribbon on either side of the mask to help tie around your face.
Go as the Moon from If You Decide to go to the Moon by Faith McNulty – Get two large pieces of white cardboard. Cut them into circles of equal size. Get lots of tissues and make up a mixture of ½ craft pva glue and ½ water (mixed together well). Take a couple of tissues at a time and dip them into the glue/water mixture. Place them onto the cardboard circles to make textured mountains and craters on your moon. Use your finders to create small little bumps and mounds of the tissue on the cardboard. Do this over one side of each of the circles. Allow to dry completely. Once it is dry, you can always add some silver glitter or add some grey paint to give more definition. Attach the two circles together with ribbon shoulder straps and ties at the sides, under your arms.
Go as The Old Lady Whispering Hush from Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – You will need a blue dress and some green yarn and knitting needles (you can always use chopsticks). Get a headband and cut out some bunny ears from cardboard and attach to the headband with tape. Glue on cotton wool to make them look fluffy. Make a bunny nose by getting an egg carton and cut out one egg cup. Paint it white and punch holes on two sides and thread through some ribbon so when you place the egg cup over your nose, you can tie it up at the back of your head. Put a few extra holes at the bottom to help with breathing. Stick in a couple of white pipe cleaners for whiskers then cover with craft glue and cotton balls.
Go as The Little Girl from The Terrible Suitcase by Emma Allen – If you have a little red suitcase, then perfect. If not, get a smallish box that is the size of a suitcase and paint it red. Use a couple of pipe cleaners twisted together and attach as a handle. Wear a blue skirt and top and pigtails.
Go as Mr McGee from Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread by Pamela Allen. Get a calico bag and paint the word ‘Bread’ on the front or print out on a piece of paper and staple it onto the bag. Get a couple of egg cartons and paint them brown and put them inside the bag to be the bread. Find a black hat and put a red ribbon around it. If you want to, team it us with a red jacket, pink pants and blue socks. Finally, draw on a little ‘Charlie Chaplin’ moustache with eyeliner.
Go as The Witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson – To make a witch’s nose, get a small piece of green cardboard and make a cone, then paint a black dot near the end. Punch holes on two sides at the top of the cone and string through some ribbon so when you place the cone over your nose, you can tie it up at the back of your head. Put a few extra holes at the bottom to help with breathing. To make the witch’s hat, take a large piece of black cardboard and make another cone and a donut shape to construct the brim of the hat. If you have some black fabric, wear a black cape. Don’t forget to make a broom stick by rolling up several pieces of cardboard together and then cutting in lots of strips to half way up the roll to make the broom. Attach it to a long stick for a broom handle. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as Mr Chicken from Mr Chicken goes to Paris by Leigh Hobbs – You will need a yellow top (and pants if possible). Buy some yellow feathers from a craft shop and attach them to the top with glue. Get an egg carton and cut out one egg cup. Paint it yellow and glue some yellow feathers to the front. Punch holes on two sides and string through some ribbon so when you place the egg cup over your nose, you can tie it up at the back of your head. Put a few extra holes at the bottom to help with breathing. If you can, find a little black hat and some sunglasses or even a beret. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here (and add the beret).
Go as The Sailor from There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby – Find a navy or black and white striped t-shirt. To make a beard, take a paper plate and cut it in half and cut an opening for your child’s mouth. Punch two holes on either side and add some ribbon to tie around the back of your head. Glue on cotton wool to cover the entire area. Draw an anchor on one arm with eyeliner. If possible, find a sailors hat to complete the outfit. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as The Caterpillar from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Start with a green top and pants. If they are different shades of green, that is better. Get a red beanie or an ice cream container painted red. Draw and cut out two big eyes and stick them to the hat. Also attach two brown pipe cleaners and curl them for antennas. To make caterpillar legs, use a few pairs of pantihose. Stuff them with newspaper to make caterpillar legs. They don’t need to be very long, maybe 20 cm max. Safety pin them to the top and pants. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here – too cute!
Go as Dorothy from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Start with a light blue knee length dress, if possible find a sleeveless dress that can be worn with a white t-shirt underneath. Find a pair of white canvas shoes (you can pick them up from Kmart or Big W for under $10). Cover the shoes in craft pva glue then sprinkle with red glitter to make ruby slippers. Wear them with white socks. Do hair in two plaits and tie with blue ribbons. If possible, team up with a basket and put a toy dog inside to be Toto. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as a Fairy from the Rainbow Magic Series by Daisy Meadows– There are over 100 different fairies that you can copy. As a basic, start with some wings and a wand. You can be a rainbow fairy and wear only blue, orange or green etc. You could be a music fairy or a weather fairy or a sporty fairy. This one is only limited by your imagination. Read the book with your child and see what ideas they think of. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as The Bear from The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland – Find an old brown bath towel or bath mat. Cut it in half then attach shoulder straps with ribbon so you have a front and a back. Make a bear nose by getting an egg carton and cut out one egg cup. Paint it brown and punch holes on two sides and thread through some ribbon so when you place the egg cup over your nose, you can tie it up at the back of your head. Put a few extra holes at the bottom to help with breathing. Make some bear ears with brown cardboard, sticky tape and a headband. The key to this dress-up is to make sure you have a cranky face. STILL SOUND TOO HARD? Just buy it here.
Go as The Green Sheep from Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox – Use an old green towel, cut it in half and attach shoulder straps with ribbon so you have a front and back. Make some sheep ears with green cardboard, sticky tape and a headband. Take a large piece of cardboard and cut out a cloud shape. Find a whole lot of dry leaves and stick them to one side of the cardboard with craft pva glue to make a bush for your little green sheep to hide behind.
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