World book day is a yearly event organised to promote reading. In the first week of March the children get to dress up as a book character of their choice then walk in the school parade. It’s such a fun event, getting to see how enthusiastic some of the parents get when helping their kid create a show-stopper of a costume, or the parents that freak out at the thought of anything imaginative or creative! I love it. Probably a bit more than my son loves it. But then any excuse to try and make something I go a bit giddy!! Harry told me last week that I’m ‘besessed’ with making things- by that, he means ‘obsessed’!
Last year he wanted to go as ‘Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs’. So we made a cardboard bucket, a spine of spikes for his back, and a giant dinosaur head. It was a lot of effort..and all for 5minutes of him trying it on in the house. He REFUSED to wear the head when he got to school!
So this year, I learnt my lesson and we tried to come up with something a little more ‘wearable’. I know what he’s like, when all eyes are on him or he feels the pressure, he backs out or gets shy sharpish! Cat in The Hat was the choice. I was quite relieved as I knew from the start we only really needed to make a hat, the rest we could throw together.
For the hat, I wanted to be a bit more imaginative, so I drew out some of the illustrations from the book, then got harry to colour them in. We then colour photocopied onto white card and these are used for the white sections of the hat. Together with red card, we made quite a tall and bent (harry promptly reminded me it HAD to have a bend in it!) hat. The problem with it being so tall was that it was quite heavy to wear! Uh oh!
Harry wore a black onesie, white gloves, and a tail that I purchased online (this will definitely come in handy again I’m sure). For his white tummy, I hunted for some fur in John Lewis but sadly they didn’t have any, so I rummaged their bargain bucket and found some white satin fabric for 90p 🙂 I sewed a circular shape onto the front of the onesie and padded it out with stuffing. Rather than use a ribbon for the bow-tie, I drew and cut out a giant bow on red card and super glued a piece of ribbon onto the back to be tied around his neck.
Cat in The Hat couldn’t turn up at school without the fish of course! Half filling a sandwich bag with water, we made a goldfish from Orange pipe cleaners. We’ve made goldfish like these before, but usually use carrots (cut into fish shapes). They look soooo effective swishing around in the clear bag.
Having spent the last 3 days saying ‘actually I don’t think I’ll wear the hat’, and me thinking (silently) ‘of course you will..u better!!’ Harry decided to WEAR IT! I was very proud. I dreaded us having a repeat scenario like last year- arriving at the school gates and him freaking out and refusing to put anything on! He was a super duper Cat in The Hat..and most people thought the fish was real!!