World Book Day: Ideas for children’s costumes – How about Willy Wonka’s Golden Ticket?
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- Published on Friday, 13 February 2015 11:55
- Last Updated on 26 February 2020
- Monica Costa
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Every year on the first week of March parents are faced with a challenge: preparing new costumes for the annual World Book Day. You cannot get away with recycling last year’s outfits because kids remember and they are also awarded prizes for the best costumes at school. Last year I came up with a quirky costume idea and thought I share it with London Mums along with other creative costumes I have photographed on my school playground over the years.
Both children and teachers dressed up as Willy Wonka or Charlie from Roald Dahl’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but we never saw anybody dressed up as the Golden Ticket itself. It was very easy making this costume. I happened to have a big golden envelope which we cut and decorated to fit as a sandwich man dress. Then we bought a Wonka chocolate bar and we used it to have it as an accessory to the costume. It worked well so much so that my son won a £5 voucher as a prize from the school.
Another very creative mum from the class made costumes from Minecraft. You can see how brilliant it was made and I bet she spent a lot more time than me preparing two of them for her sons in two different classes. I admire these busy London Mums who go the extra mile to make sure their children are involved in the school’s activities and also appreciate books. This definitely encourages children to read more and to develop a passion for literature in general which is the whole point of World Book Day.
It’s not just parents being creative. Teachers are extremely resourceful when it comes to making quirky outfits. One year seven teachers were dressed up as the seven dwarfs because they knew many girls would turn up in Snow White costumes.
Picture books and children’s novels offer endless ideas on characters for World Book Day but there are a few recurring favourite authors and books.
The most popular ones which often inspire costumes include:
Roald Dahl – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach
JK Rowling – Harry Potter
Julia Donaldson – The Gruffalo, Stick Man
Carlo Collodi – The Adventures of Pinocchio
Elmer the Elephant (click on this link to download a pdf on how to make the costume)
Dennis the Menace (click on this link to download a pdf on how to make the costume)
The very hungry caterpillar (click on this link to download a pdf on how to make the costume)
Francesca Simon – Horrid Henry – Make a Horrid Henry costume
Classic Tales – Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Red Riding Hood
Lewis Carroll – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
L. Frank Baum – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
A. A. Milne – Winnie-the-Pooh
Dr. Seuss – The Cat in the Hat (click on this link to download a pdf on how to make the costume)
Who will your child be on World Book Day?
On the Book Aid International website you can download for FREE a whole collection of super-easy costume-making guides, tips and tricks. Choose your favourite book character below, download the sheet and off you go!
Once you’re all dressed up, send us a photo of your class in their costumes – we’d love to see how fabulous you all look! We wish you a very happy World Book Day!
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Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums