Friday, April 04, 2014

World book day vintage 2014

The world book day has been and gone again. After last year's 11th hour realisation that a costume was needed the following day I was determined to be more organised this year. And I was. By about six hours. But even small progress is progress. If I was a politician I am sure it would be 'a significant change in the right direction'!

Last year, young sir was not really that bothered whether he dressed up or not. This year adamantly wanted to dress up. Not only he wanted to dress up, he wanted to be Robin Hood, inspired by one of his current favourite books. No pressure then.

I did try to escape making a costume by suggesting he'd dress up as Tatu and Patu - funny Finnish kid's books with the main characters walking around wearing goggles and stripy tops. No luck. It was Robin Hood or Robin Hood.

We had a bow from daddy's childhood days so all we needed was a costume and some arrows. My suggestion of using bright green fleece fabric for the suit was duly rejected. We rummaged through my fabric store and young sir spotted a sage green pair of old trousers that were waiting to be cut up for a braided rug and decided that it was a much better colour.

Half an hour or so and we'd managed to t be transform to old trouser legs into a passable Robin Hood outfit - complete with a hood. I proably would be laughed out of the great British sewing bee  for my seems but thankfully the quality requirements for year one costume aren't as demanding as that.

I was going to be mean and send him into school without any arrows but what is Robin Hood without arrows - so I ended up making some with kebab sticks, cardboard and feathers - I'm sure that would have been worthy of Blue Peter Badge for it's ingenuity. Young sir was pleased as punch with his arrows and no one got skewered in the course of the day so all was well.

I haven't mentioned any hobby horses for a while so here's one, just to prove that they are not  extinct...kids wearing costumes of characters for books they've never even read - there were about five Harry Potters in young sir's class...surely the point of world book day is to encourage kids to read and aged six anything more than couple of sentences per page is beyond most of them. And I doubt that there are many parents out there who read Harry Potter as a bedtime story to that age group. Phew, that feels much better.

PS. I am contemplating putting a reminder on my phone for next year's world book day but that would be far too organised...

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