Last Minute Book Week Costume Ideas

Last Minute Book Week Costumes

Book Week is here! This year will be Pebble’s first official Book Week parade. She’ll be visiting her local primary school along with her kindergarten and joining in the Book Week fun. I’m very much a last minute person, and I struggle to sew a button on to a shirt, so making an elaborate costume is off the cards. Pebble is quite determined to be a “Super Hero Fairy” at the moment, which means that she’ll likely end up wearing her cape and wings from our dress ups box. Easy peasy! I’m sure there’s a super hero fairy in a book somewhere.

Perhaps, like me, you’re doing a last minute panic over Book Week costumes. I’ve seen some fab ones over the years as I’ve celebrated Book Week with the children in my class. I think on of my favourites (not that teachers have favourites, of course) was Mr Strong. It looked so cool! And it’s not too tricky to make at all. You will need to get organised a little bit, to get find a box large enough and paint it, but otherwise it’s very easy to do.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Here are a few other ideas that you can throw together without staying up for hours the night before the parade:

Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

If you happen to have a red dress in the cupboard then this one is super easy.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Peter Pan and Mr Smee from Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie

 Mr Smee is especially easy, I’d love to see a cubby little tummy sticking out too.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Max and the Wild Thing from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Check out the tutorials for these paper costumes over at Red Ted Art

Last minute book week costume ideas

Sam I Am from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

If this was my kid I’d take it even simpler (cos I can’t sew!). I’d grab a yellow t-shirt and hat from the cupboard, or cheapies from the shops, and make paper eggs and ham. If you search Google Images for ‘green eggs and ham’ I’m sure you’d find plenty of examples to print.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

Take a look at the video tutorial for this simple costume over at Kidspot.

Last minute book week costume ideas

The Lorax from The Lorax by Dr Seuss

Gotta love a printable costume!

Last minute book week costume ideas

Fern from Charlotte’s Web by EB White

We have everything in the cupboard or Pebble to wear this costume.
I might even try and convince her that it’s a good idea. Mwahahahaha.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Arthur from the Arthur series by Marc Brown

Super cute, super easy.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Gum Nut Baby from Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs

Kat from The Organised Housewife made this cute gum nut baby outfit for her daughter. Don’t fret! The skirt can be no sew!

Last minute book week costume ideas

Angelina Ballerina from the Angelina series by Katharine Holabird

We already have the ballet gear, all I’d need for this one is some foam and ribbon from the craft shop to make the Angelina face. I’d probably cheat and make some little cardboard ears and stick them on a headband, like the Arthur costume.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Have you got book week costumes sorted yet? What are your kids dressing as?

Fridge Sight Word Practice

Fridge Sight Word Practice

Four and a half year old Pebble (never forget the half!) is so desperate to learn to read. We’ve played and learned with letters for a long time now, but I haven’t pushed anything too formal. I believe that play is way more important than anything else at this age. Now, though, it’s hard to ignore the fact that Pebble is just ready to learn more. There’s no reason why we can’t play with words!

It doesn’t get much simpler than this game and Pebble loves it! Grab a whiteboard marker and an old sock. Write some sight words on the fridge, pop the sock on your child’s hand and ask them to have a go at reading the words. Start with two or three words, and tell them the words the first time you play. If they can read a word, then they can erase it using their sock eraser. Pebble was giggling as she jumped from side to side, swiping words faster and faster. She quickly figured out that it’s easiest to wipe off the repeating words first, then attack a different word. As she learns more words we’ll add those to the routine. That’s your sight word practice done!

Fridge Sight Word Practice

We have a white fridge – I haven’t tried this on stainless steel but the internet tells me that you can. Test out a small area on either a white or stainless steel fridge before you go nuts covering it with words. Some dry erase markers are more stubborn to wipe off than others. I found a basic glass cleaner (like Windex) cleaned the fridge up easily afterwards. You can buy dry erase paint (whiteboard paint), if you’re really keen, and choose somewhere in your house to set up a whiteboard wall. Or use blackboard paint or a small blackboard. We have a mini whiteboard and a mini blackboard, but there’s something about standing up and moving that makes this activity extra fun for kids.

Why learn sight words? Sight words (or high frequency words) are the most commonly used words, and often are words that can not be decoded by sounding out the letters. When children learn to recognise these words instantly, by sight, it makes it much easier for them to read simple books. I use the Magic 100 Word list (not sponsored) and have also used the Dolch and Oxford word lists.

Other ways to use your fridge: You could also use this same activity to practice other things, like letters or numbers.

Fridge Sight Word Practice

Looking for more sight word practice ideas? Try these:

Hidden Towers – A Lego Game

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I am absolutely soaking up these school holidays. I love my job very much but these long, lazy days with no where to rush to and no lunches to pack are just delicious. Today I even had an afternoon nap while Rocky slept and Pebble watched a movie. A nap!

This past week we’ve had some catch ups with friends, a mummy-daughter day while Rocky had a day with Grandma, we’ve played at the park and stayed in our PJs all day.

Now reality is starting to seep back in and I’m thinking about the classroom again and what I need to get ready for the new term. Term 3! Where has that time gone? This group of five year olds is coming along in leaps and bounds – that’s one of the awesome things about teaching this age group. They grow and learn right before your eyes!

Last term I taught the class a game using unifix cubes. It’s a very noisy game involving lots of talking! It’s lots of fun and with lots of learning too. I call it “Hidden Towers” and it’s all about spatial awareness, location, position and giving and following directions.

Today Pebble and I had a go at playing it using lego bricks (with a little bit of “help” from Rocky) and she had fun with it. I love that this game can be adapted to be easier or harder depending on the kids that are playing. More about that in a minute, for now this is how to play:

Hidden Towers – A Lego Game

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Age: 4 – 6 (refer adaptations below for other age groups)

Players: 2

You will need:

Six lego bricks (or any coloured blocks that easily stack) per player, in exactly the same colours and sizes.
A barrier (eg. a large, hard cover picture book)

How to play:

Player 1 creates a tower or structure using the lego bricks without showing Player 2.
Keeping the tower hidden (we used a picture book as a barrier), Player 1 describes their tower to Player 2.
Player 2 follows the directions until the tower is complete.
Both players reveal their towers – are they the same? The should be! If not, try again.

Adaptations:

  • For younger children use less blocks.
  • For older children use more blocks in a greater range of shapes and sizes.
  • To increase the difficulty set a time limit or a limited number of moves to achieve the matching tower (eg. six directions).

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We played a simple version today, with just six blocks and a singular column tower. As Pebble gets used to the game we’ll introduce trickier structures and more bricks. And perhaps play at the table instead of on the floor, to avoid the toddler interference!

What games do your kids like to play with lego?

Awesome Apps for Preschoolers

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Book Creator

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app is a powerful and simple tool for creating iBooks on the iPad and is just amazing for practising literacy skills. There are so many things you can create with it – it’s not just for little kids, older children and adults can use it too. Pebble loves creating her own stories by taking photos of her toys and recording her voice.  It took about five minutes for her to learn how to use it independently. I love using this in the classroom too.

Play School Play Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This is one of Pebble’s favourite games to play, especially in the late arvo as I’m cooking dinner. If she’s not in the mood to help in the kitchen she sits at the kitchen bench and plays this instead. It’s fantastic for teaching children about time and patterns throughout the day with lots of interactive games. There is a game for every hour of the day on the Play School clock with each game teaching new skills. Children can also watch Play School through the app.

Bo’s Bed Time

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

This app teaches kids about bed time routine with the help of a cute giraffe named Bo. They help Bo to tidy her room, take a bath, brush her teeth, put on her PJs, find her teddy bear, read a book and give kisses goodnight. It’s super easy for kids to follow and play along, and some parts of the game change each time you play, which helps to keep it interesting. It includes concepts such as colour, sorting, matching and counting. Bo has a bunch of other games available too.

Bugsy Kindergarten Reading School

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Go into outer space with Bugsy and learn about letters, sounds and words. When Pebble first started playing this game she didn’t know many of the letters, but now she is getting much more accurate. The game allows for mistakes, giving you as many tries as you need to get the answer right, which is perfect for preschoolers who would get too frustrated with a three-strikes-and-you’re-out style. Parents can choose which subjects the game covers, so if you’re child isn’t ready for spelling or reading yet you can choose to turn that off.

Bug Builder

Cool Apps for Preschoolers

Bug Builder allows kids to create their own cute bugs using coloured paints, dress them, feed them, wash them and take a photo of them. Once each bug has had his turn it pops out a little egg, which sees the arrival of a new bug to be coloured, dressed, washed, fed and photographed. Just for fun :) I love hearing Pebble laugh hysterically at her creations. This app is also great fun for toddlers.

Pocket Phonics

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Another app that I love to use at school and home. this app teaches children letter sounds and formation and simple words. I love how quickly Pebble has been able to make words on her own, and so does she! She almost exploded with excitement as she read new words. You can add different profiles for each user, so that they can continue their learning from the last time they played.

Which apps do your preschoolers love to play? 

25+ Awesome Activities for Preschoolers

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What will I find in the ‘Three to Five: Playful Preschool’ ebook?

  • 25+ awesome activities for preschoolers
  • hands on, play based learning
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  • 10 printable resources including a city play scape scene, My First Journal pages, a recipe card, numbers game, weather chart printables, alphabet play mats, hand drawn art pages, conversation cards, block building challenge cards and bookmarks)
  • links to over 50 more preschool activities
  • ideas for language, literacy, science, art and play
  • features from some of the best play blogs, including Laughing Kids Learn, Picklebums, Babble Dabble Do, Rainy Day Mum, Lessons Learnt Journal, One Perfect Day and many more.

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