Last minute world book day costumes

Teachers, you either love it or hate it - World Book Day is coming and that means dressing up! I personally love fancy dress but understand the effort it can be. Who/what should I be this year? Do I really want to spend money on something I probably won't wear again? Do I have the energy to make an outfit from what I already have?
Due to the constant busy nature of our profession, chances are that you've left it later than ideal to come up with something to wear. Hopefully, the following ideas help you figure out either a cheap Amazon Prime costume is what you need, or if you already have the elements to create a look from your wardrobe and some school supplies. However much effort you put into your outfit, remember that World Book Day is about instilling that love of reading within your class (something we should strive to do every day!)



Alice in Wonderland Costume

I dressed as Alice in Wonderland a few years ago (and Ralph approved). Having already owned a lovely blue skirt, top, black pumps, and a clock pendant necklace; all I needed to buy was a black bow headband, white apron and white tights.

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Alice in Wonderland for World Book Day featuring Ralph

Witches and wizards

There are plenty of books to inspire a magical costume: Harry Potter, Room on the Broom, or The Worst Witch. Primark has plenty of Harry Potter inspired clothing and accessories in store so you could buy a Hufflepuff jumper or a Gryffindor striped scarf to wear with casual clothes. Dress up as a witch by wearing all black, a witch's hat, a broomstick, and possibly a long cape?

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Me as Blue Crayon!

The Day the Crayons Quit Fancy Dress

I bought this costume on Amazon for the ease of not needing to do anything other than buying blue tights! However, for a cheaper DIY option, you could dress all in one colour and make a cone hat with some coloured card. Check out my Year 2 planning for a letter-writing unit for The Day the Crayons Quit.

Dress up as The Twits

For some of us teachers, rolling out of bed mid-week, this look is the easiest of all to portray. Wear old clothes layered up and ripped, a walking stick, messy hair (and smudged make-up if you want to scare the children). You could even be Mr. Twit with a long messy beard full of worms and crumbs - use some dark coloured yarn. If your class loves The Twits as much as mine, check out my instruction writing planning and resources to create their own twit pranks!

Mary Poppins Costume

A popular choice if you already own a skirt suit! Just team it with a white blouse with a red bow-tie, the signature umbrella, and have your hair tied back neatly. This is pretty much the opposite costume to The Twits!

The BFG Fancy Dress

Do you have some neutral coloured trousers, a white top, and a casual waistcoat? You could be the BFG! Just add some massive ears using some coloured card hidden in the school's resources cupboard - unless you already have big ears that is...

Animal Costumes

For the most comfortable day, why not wear a onesie? Warning: You may overheat so wear similar coloured clothes underneath to strip down to during lesson time. BONUS: You can wear them over and over again at home as loungewear. Animal onesies are fairly easy to find, you could hope for the best at Primark or check out some of these Amazon potentials.

You could be one of the Three Little Pigs, Wonky Donkey, Daisy the cow from Jack and the Beanstalk, the monkey from Monkey Puzzle, the dinosaur from Never Ask a Dinosaur for Dinner.



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