World Book Day costume ideas

Person in Stick Man costume
Have a go at making your own Stick Man costume (Photo: WTML)

It’s World Book Day on 2 March so get ready to celebrate your favourite stories! Nature and wildlife play an important role in children’s books, so why not choose that as the theme for your book character costume this year? We’ve put together some ideas to inspire you.

The Stick Man from Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

It’s really easy to make a Stick Man costume! You will need:

  • two brown cardboard boxes - one small, one large
  • brown felt tip pen
  • green felt and a twig – for the leaves.

Draw eyes onto the small cardboard box, then make the nose from a rolled up rectangle of cardboard. Ask a grown-up to cut out a mouth - this is what you'll look out of. While your grown-up has the scissors, ask them to cut armholes out of the big cardboard box too.

Use the brown felt tip to draw a bark pattern or woody texture onto both boxes.

Cut some leaf shapes out of the felt and sew them to the twig (pipe cleaners work well too!). Then attach the twig to the top of your Stick Man head. Ta-da! You’re all ready to go!

The apple from The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

To dress as the caterpillar’s first snack, you will need:

  • an old red jumper (you might find one in a charity shop)
  • a length of elastic
  • black and green felt or card
  • some bits of fabric or old clothes.

Cut a circle of black felt or card and attach it with safety pins or sew it to the front of the jumper to make the hole that the caterpillar nibbles out of the apple. Then cut some leaf shapes from the green felt or card and attach them round the neck to make leaves. You could even wear a green hat if you have one. Put the jumper on and tie the elastic snugly round the bottom. Finally, stuff the bits of fabric inside the jumper so you look really fat and round, just like a juicy apple! (The elastic will stop them falling out).

The little brown mouse from The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

You will need:

  • a brown or grey hoodie or sweatshirt, and matching trousers or tracksuit bottoms
  • a long, brown or grey sock, or a pair of thick tights
  • brown or grey felt
  • pink felt
  • face paint, or just use lipstick and eyeliner
  • fabric glue.

Cut two mouse ears out of the brown or grey felt, then cut two smaller ‘inner ears’ from the pink felt and stick them onto the outer ears. Pin them onto the sweatshirt hood. If it doesn’t have a hood, you could pin them to a hair band instead.

Stuff the sock, or one leg of the tights, with newspaper to make a tail and attach it to the back of your trousers with a safety pin.

Finally, use the face paint, or make up, to create a mouse face. Put pink on the end of your nose and use brown or black to draw some whiskers on your cheeks.

Charlotte, the spider from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

You will need:

  • black tracksuit bottoms and sweatshirt or hoodie
  • two pairs of long black socks, or legs cut off thick black tights
  • string.

Just stuff the socks with newspaper and attach them to the back of your sweatshirt with safety pins, or sew them on, to make the spider’s legs. Yes, we know spiders have eight legs – your arms and legs make up the other four! Tie a piece of string to each wrist and then tie it round the ends of the two legs on the same side, leaving space between them. That way, the legs will move when you raise your arms.

We’d love to see some pictures of you all dressed up for World Book Day, so don’t forget to tag them using #NatureDetectives.

What did you dress up as?

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