Dress up days at school are hard on me. Usually I talk my kinds into not dressing up or just grab whatever we have in the dress up box. Sometimes costumes are thrown together the last minutes. For example, there was “Job” day in Will’s PreK class. I expected him to want to dress up as a chef since he had given this answer numerous times throughout the year. When I asked him the day before, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Will answered, “A pirate!” Like usual, I talked him out of it.
Monday morning came and Will asked if he could dress as a pirate.
What was I supposed to do? Will looked at me with his sweet eyes and I said, “OK.” It was about 20 minutes before we were leaving for school and I found myself making an eye patch out of black construction paper and string. I cut up an old t-shirt to make a pirate’s vest and Dad found a doo rag to make a pirate “hat”. Will was a happy pirate.
There was one day that I decided to pull all the resources in my power to craft Will a costume for Dr. Seuss day. Armed with the date he had to dress up and a glue gun, I crafted Will a ‘Cat in the Hat’ Costume. I made a tail out of an old t-shirt and clothes clip. A red bow tie was crafted from red Christmas ribbon and glued it to another clip to attach to Will’s shirt. And out of cardboard and construction paper, Will had a hat and cat face.
Will was very proud to wear to school the costume his mom made. He was even more excited when his teacher dressed as a Sneech!
I do not know the next time I will attempt to make a costume for my kids and I know I will never attempt a Pinterest craft for my kid’s entertainment. I do know that with planning, the right materials, a set of blue eyes asking “Please”, I can make almost anything.