As we head into the final four weeks before Christmas, some parents may find each evening’s homework involves rehearsing lines, reciting poems or repeating songs for the end of term production. Christmas Show, Nativity Play, Carol Service, Winter Sing-Along – whatever your child’s school has decided to put on to celebrate the end of the winter term, there will most likely be a requirement for a costume. Now did you really think that once Halloween was done you’d be out of the crafty zone for the year? Think again! Research has shown children’s school performances can often last as a strong memory from childhood years. Don’t panic – we’ve done some investigative work to find easy instructions for three of the most commonly crafted costume requirements: Tunics, Wings and Crowns. Once you’ve got your little one suited and booted, all you need to do is make sure you’ve definitely pressed the record button on the day!
Too Easy Tunics
For many traditional nativity stories, there will be a Mary, Joseph, Shepherds and Wise Men. We’ll let you in on a trade secret – all four of these costumes are essentially the same. A simple tunic can be fashioned from a rectangle of material that is about twice the length of your child. Head to a fabric store and let them have some fun in choosing the colour – it won’t be too expensive for such a small amount. And if you can’t manage to get to the shop, a pillowcase and leggings make for a savvy substitute. The clever clogs over at Netmums.com have a simple set of cutting instructions, should yours truly require a tunic.
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Of course there can be days when they act like anything but angelic, glowing things, but if teacher has decided your little one is worthy of a halo and wings, don’t dismiss the idea immediately! While we can’t offer much in the way of polishing up one’s halo (that’s another day’s work!), a set of wings may be easier than you think. Alice Wingerden shares her wonderings about wings on her blog, thoughtsfromalice.com. An empty cereal box, some bun cases, and glue will have you sorted in no time. They’ll have to figure out the heavenly singing voice themselves.
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A simple school play? No Mummy, it’s more than that – I’m going to be a King! To you it may just be a funny fifteen-minute, middle school matinee, but to a child it may feel like their coronation into recital royalty. Create a crown fit for a King, with this foolproof guide from somewhatsimple.com. Their domain name does not disappoint in hinting this will be easy – some felt, glue and a strip of elastic will have you crowing your child in no time. Royal duties: optional!
For detailed instructions visit SomeWhatSimple.com