Back when children where I lived started dressing up for World Book Day my daughter was the only one really the right age, and she had Disney Princess dresses - which are generally all based on fairy tales - we had a choice of Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, so that was cool.
Boys just don't dress up the same as girls do - they tend to either BE Spiderman or Bob The Builder for about 3 years, or not be interested at all, mine have been the latter, so when it came to World Book Day 2 years ago I was really pleased with myself for using a foam axe from Halloween and a shirt and wooly hat and voila, The Woodcutter.
Last year I think school wasn't open on World Book Day, so it passed us by, this year I had two children to dress up.
I have always had a bit of an issue with children turning up for World Book Day dressed as Buzz Lightyear. It's a film, it's not a book. Captain America and even Spiderman are comic book characters, so they're passable - although a bit naughty if the children haven't seen the comics. I discussed this with my boys and said they had to pick a character from a book. My youngest wanted to wear the Woodcutter outfit like his big brother, he's seen the photo, that was all good, but my 5 year old... "Emmet from the LEGO Movie".
I tried to deter him and explain it has to be a BOOK character, this is World Book Day, and he just smiled at me, ran off and came back with his LEGO Movie Essential Guide....
I can't really argue with him, he's read that book to himself in bed every night for the past week, he's proud he can work out some of the words and follow what's happening and it's definitely encouraging him to read, which has to be the point really.
Dad spent several hours transforming a roll of red Duck Tape, a tin of sweets, a cardboard box and a children's rucksack into a Piece Of Resistance, our oldest girl made a fabulous Emmet badge, and a nice lady from ebay printed us a genuine orange flourescent jacket for a bargain £3!
And two small boys went to World Book Day celebrations at school dressed as a Woodcutter and Emmet....
And a great day was had by all.....
What did your children wear for World Book Day this year?
How To Make Your Own LEGO Movie Piece Of Resistance
You will need:
A child's small rucksack or backpack
A rectangular cardboard box that has a square profile and is tall - or a piece of card that can be folded in that way.
Red Duck Tape or gaffer tape, or red paint and Duck Tape/gaffer tape
A sweetie jar or coffee lid or similar 2-3cm tall round container or lid.
Take your box, (or create your rectangle of card. Unfasten the shoulder straps on the bag, then make 4 slits in the card and post the straps through. Refasten the straps.
Put the coffee lid/sweet container or whatever else you use on the top of the box and then gaffer tape/Duck Tape the lot.
Easy peasy and very effective....