It's World Book Day next week! I loved World Book Day as a child, dressing up as a character form a book, the book fair coming to school and the fun atmosphere it created. I also love that it helps promote the importance of reading.
Reading is something I'm really passionate about as a parent. As a child I was good at reading, but I was never really into it and it's a big regret of mine, which is why I read to Lily a lot and encourage her to take an interest in books.
In a world of social media, body shaming and reality TV, reading is a something which is being undervalued by some. Even though we can do a lot with technology, reading is a vital life skill, without it employment options a limited and day to day tasks can be made difficult.
Another fun part is learning about some amazing people and characters. Lily and I love reading the Little People, Big Dreams series which focuses on inspiration women from Coco Chanel to Rosa Parks. We recently read Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World by Kate Pankhurst and it was a fabulous way for Lily to get engaged in both history and reading.
I know some great memories for us all though come from the fancy dress we would do at school. I'm really excited for Lily as next year she'll be at school and can take part. Here are a three ideas that you can do easily at home!
Mildred Hubble: The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch is really popular again thanks to the new CBBC series and it's an outfit which can be made at home pretty easily. This is because it's a school uniform so the old stuff you have in the cupboard will do! All you need is:
An old school pinafore/ dress
White shirt (and old polo shirt will do)
A coloured piece of materials as a belt (I used a dressing gown cord once)
Dobbie: Harry Potter Series
This is one I have seen shared on Facebook a few times. This character is a house elf with very little so makes do with what he has. You will need:
Pillowcase (make shift into a dress/tunic)
Old head band and cardboard (to make some ears)
Plain shirt (this is to wear underneath as the weather has been freezing lately)
Charlie Bucket: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
This one is simple because the character wears a lot of old, torn clothes so again, the old items lying around the house will be perfect and will reduce the cost dramatically. What you'll need is:
Some old trousers (short in the length is fine)
Tshirt (again for warmth)
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