- Prepare early! There is nothing more frustrating (for you and the child concerned) to be scrounging around at the last minute, ending up with something no-one is happy with.
- Work backwards. If you have a good costume, a nurse's outfit or cowboy hat, go to the library and ask for a book to go with it.
- Sport uniforms work. If your child plays a sport outside of school, send them in the uniform. Writers try to tempt reluctant readers with books about subjects they feel passionate about. There are AFL series, soccer series, tennis series.....Writers also try to tempt reluctant readers with toilet humour, but I have never seen a child go as Captain Underpants or a psycho bum.
- Remember the weather and their mode of transport, they don't want to find that their outfit is ruined or ridiculed before they even get to school.
- If you have the time and inclination, head online where all the crafty mothers are!
It was such a joy for me, this year, to only have Bethany to dress. She wanted to be Rapunzel so I decided to devote a little time to it. I went to Pinterest and searched for a Rapunzel wig tutorail. A trip to Spotlight followed by much wool cutting and a little hand sewing and Bethany and I were both very pleased with ourselves.