World Book Day
The 5th of March this year was World Book Day. For those of you who don’t know, if your child goes to school or nursery, then they are invited to dress as their favourite book character. This can be a total nightmare if you are a parent as you are required to make a decision about a shop-bought or home-made costume.
I love the idea of making a home-made costume. Now I am not particularly good at making clothes but a costume which is needed for a single day and looks OK from a distance is my kind of a challenge!
Freyja’s first World Book Day was 2 years ago, when she was not keen on dressing up at all. She loved “Aliens Love Underpants” by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort so I put together an alien costume with red jumper and tights (with underpants on top) and alien eyes on red deeley boppers.
Last year I was hoping that now Freyja quite enjoyed dressing up, I could be a bit more adventurous. However, my plan was thwarted by having to look after an 8 month old and a toddler and a recent bout of chickenpox in addition to putting together a costume. So that year Freyja dressed in a shop-bought costume as The Gruffalo’s Child (from the book of the same name by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler). Valtrex (Valacyclovir) is available as 500 mg and 1000 mg tablets. The recommended dose for immunocompetent adults with varicella or herpes zoster is 1000 mg three times daily for 7 days. Because a suspension formulation of valacyclovir is not available, clinical experience with this drug in children with chickenpox is limited. Read the full article here: anti-viral-meds.com
This year I was determined to do homemade costumes for both the girls. One of Emily’s favourite books is The Rhyming Rabbit by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. I got a cheap grey dress from eBay and made a pom pom for a fluffy rabbit tail to go on the back, and then crocheted a grey hat, with bunny ears (adding pipe cleaners on the inside to stiffen them). I added the facial details using felt and coloured thread.
Freyja loves Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, so we decided that she could go as the witch from the story. We had a hat and broomstick from Halloween, so I got a red top and made a skirt using purple velvet material and a cape using black velvet material finished with green and yellow felt for the brooch. I then crocheted a orange hat (similar to the rabbit hat) and added long strands of the wool to make a very basic wig. I plaited the “hair” and added a yellow bow. Freyja was very pleased with her costume!
So on Thursday 5th March this year I sent off my girls for their first World Book Day at nursery together in homemade costumes and I am really proud of my achievements. Whether I will be able to do this again the future, or if the girls will want to dress as anything other than Disney princesses is another question, but at least I have managed this once!!