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World Book Day: Best costumes for boys Comments Off on World Book Day: Best costumes for boys

Posted on February 24, 2014 by admin

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With just over a week to go before parents, teachers and kids will be celebrating their favourite fictional fancies, we’re taking a look at some great costume ideas for boys.

There are loads of simple and creative ideas that you can easily achieve. So if you’re looking for some fresh fiction ideas for boys’ costumes then let Fancy Dress Ball be your guide and check out these cool costume ideas…

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

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Recreate everybody’s favourite cheeky dinner guest from Judith Kerr’s beloved children’s book The Tiger Who Came to tea. You don’t necessarily need a tiger costume to achieve this look, just some orange pyjamas, some fabric paint and some face paint should do the trick!

The Guffalo

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The most feared creature of the forest is another great costume that’s fairly simple to achieve. If you’re a creative type who loves a bit of crafting, this Gruffalo costume can easily be put together with just the right amount of felt and imagination!

Bert from Mary Poppins

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Oh it’s a jolly holiday with Mary! Drawing inspiration from Dick Van Dyke’s costume from Disney’s film adaptation of PL Travers’ beloved novel Mary Poppins, this character is instantly recognisable. Using a straw hat, bow-tie and ribbon you can create this cute, colourful costume.

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

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First published in 1963, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are still remains as one of the most popular children’s book today. This costume for protagonist Max can be created using a onesie, pyjamas and a little creativity for the crown and tail!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Yet another classic character is The Very Hungry Caterpillar from Eric Carle’s 1969 children’s picture book. There are loads of different ways to create this costume, but this great example uses a long green tunic and paper mache to recreate our favourite caterpillar!

Got some inspired costume for World Book Day? Why not head over to our Facebook page and share your ideas!

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How to Make World Book Day 2013 One to Remember Comments Off on How to Make World Book Day 2013 One to Remember

Posted on March 01, 2013 by admin

It might only be a week or so away, but there’s a chance that many of you lovers of literature won’t know that Thursday March 7th is World Book Day. It’s a great event where adults and kids celebrate their favourite reads by paying homage to famous fictional characters and authors in their own imaginative ways.

If you want to get the kids involved in this year’s World Book Day, there are a number of great things you could do with them to help them celebrate all that’s fun and exciting about getting lost in a good book. Here are just a few ideas if you’re struggling for inspiration:

Dress up like your favourite character

Most kids will have their favourites. Some will want to dress like Harry Potter (above) and cast a spell, while others might want to go back further in time and come as a Shakespearean character like Juliet. As well as being fun, they could maybe quote their favourite lines to help really get into the day in their World Book Day costumes.

 

(Click on the image above to visit the official World Book Day website.)

Read a story for the little ones

If you have kids who are, say, five or six years old, this is a great idea. Read from a book you enjoyed as a child using different voices for each character and watch them listen. You could even lay on a few snacks for the kids and their friends and make a day of it!

Play a game based on their favourite book

Some kids’ books such as the ‘Where’s Wally’ series are ideal for games. Why not play a game where you can see which one of your kids or their friends can find him the quickest – you could have hours of fun. Alternatively, you could get one of your kids to dress like Wally and play ‘hide and seek’, bringing the book to life!

Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with fancy dress! Comments Off on Celebrate Shakespeare’s birthday with fancy dress!

Posted on February 21, 2013 by admin

 

 

The father of the English language, ol’ Bill Shakespeare, was born 23rd April 1564, and died the same day 52 years later (bet that put a dampener on the birthday celebrations!).


Shakespeare is noted to have shaped the English language as we know it today and he has been attributed with creating many of our most well know words and phrases.

Words such as ‘bump’, ‘excitement’, ‘fashionable’, ‘gossip’ and even ‘hobnob’ are said to have been created by Shakespeare, so if that’s not a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is!

Ladies looking to recreate some scenes from Romeo and Juliet can’t go wrong with this Renaissance Princess Costume, complete with floor length dress and veil.

Or if you’re looking for something truly original, this Renaissance Maiden Costume is sure to attract many an admirer desperate to recite their poetry to you (whether you want them to or not!).

Men who want to show off their knowledge of Shakespeare as well as their muscles will love this Deluxe Renaissance Knight Costume, which will make the princesses and maidens swoon.

Likewise, if you’re looking for something a little more royal, this King Costume will show everyone who’s in charge of this party.

Kids can get involved too: little Timmy will love this tough looking Dragon Slayer Costume, while little Susie will adore dressing up as a rich Merchants Daughter for the day!

Perfect for a World Book Day costume on 7th March, we’d say!

Whether you’re looking for a fun night with friends, or going all out at the local Renaissance Fair, there are plenty of options for everyone to get involved.

Be sure to send us in your pictures if you celebrate Shakespeare Day in April. We want tankards, quills, hats and all!

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World Book Day costumes for under £10! Comments Off on World Book Day costumes for under £10!

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

All excited kids and, indeed, parents out there will know that World Book Day is just around the corner, but you’ve still got plenty of time to nail the perfect children’s costumes for the big day.

We’ve got a choice of everything your little boy or girl could ever want to dress up as and, what’s more, we’ve slashed pounds and pennies off loads of them!

Take a look below to see our last minute bargains for your child’s World Book Day:

Victorian Poor Boy costume

What can we say, even a poor Victorian boy could afford this costume! At £9.99, it’s certainly one to be snapped up if your little lad wants to make an impression at school.

Victorian Girl Apron & Mop Cap

This one is even more of a bargain. For just under six quid, your girl can really look the part when it comes to learning about the Victorian era.

Robin Hood children’s costume

We have a costume that doubles up as Robin Hood and the magical Peter Pan, but this one is the costume of choice for any dedicated fan of the bow-and-arrow-wielding do-gooder.

Child Burglar costume

If your little boy might is a cheeky devil at times, this might be the perfect fancy dress costume for him. Just make sure he keeps his hands out of the cookie jar!

Child Belle Classic Disney costume

Ask any little girl about their favourite character from her favourite story and she’ll say Belle from Beauty and the Beast. This delightfully yellow dress even has a picture of Belle on the front, so there’s no mistaking who she is on World Book Day.

Children’s Medieval Lord costume

With sizes up to aged 10, this costume is the right choice for every young wannabe medieval lord! Don’t forget the crusader set that comes with the vital shield, an axe and an almighty sword.

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