Monday, March 05, 2012

Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss!

In celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday last Friday, students were encouraged to dress up as their favorite Dr. Seuss character for a fun filled day at school! The morning began by singing "Happy Birthday" out in the school yard, followed by a parade around the playground and costume contest, and stories/movies were available throughout the day for teachers and parent volunteers to share in the classrooms. Ice cream sandwiches were a final treat at the end of the day! Dylan, Caitlyn, and Meghan said it was one of their best school days ever. :)

I had so much fun running around town with Kristen and Austin earlier in the week, seeking inspiration and putting together items to use as costumes. We all brainstormed together and really loved the costumes we came up with! Dylan really wanted to be the grinch, but we couldn't find any green clothes. (Too bad stores aren't stocking sweat suits anymore! Everybody has switched over to more spring like attire!) We also thought Bartholomew Cubbins would be fun (from The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins) but it was still a little too cold to wear shorts.  I happened to find a plush "Wocket", though, as I was browsing in Savers one day and his costume came together really quickly after that!  Brown cargo pants and a long sleeved red tee, also found at Savers that day, completed the look of the main character in There's a Wocket in My Pocket

Caitlyn was absolutely decided that she would be the Cat in the Hat, and I LOVE the way she looked in her finished costume!  I found a soft, fuzzy black sweater on clearance at Walmart and a white turtleneck to wear with her black leggings, and the party supply store my brother suggested to me carried a Cat in the Hat accessory kit with the cutest hat, tie, and gloves!  Meghan's costume was also so much fun to put together.  I found the most perfect little dress on a clearance rack at Walmart (only $3!!!!  It was the only one, and it was her size!!!) to wear as little Cindy Lou Who from the Grinch movie featuring Jim Carrey.  (It's not my favorite version, but the Cindy Lou Who character is so adorable that I knew it be the perfect costume for Meghan!)  We found some faux hair accessories at a little store in the mall that just added so much fun to her hair.  I found a tutorial online to make her hair really stand up (a card stock cone placed on top of her head with her hair brushed up around it!).  We added little braids and ribbons around the sides and back of her hair and now I'm really wishing I had thought to take some close ups of just the hairit was so wild and cute!   She acutally won the best costume in the Cindy Lou Who category! 

Caitlyn was a little disappointed that she didn't win in her category, but was thrilled to see that a full color photo of her was featured in our local newspaper the next day!  Dylan didn't mind a bit that he didn't win anything; he just had a great time being silly!  (We did get him a really neat Dr. Seuss biography the next day, though, because we didn't want him to feel left out.  We had apparently gotten rid of our old one, and he had been so disappointed!)

It was a fun, happy day, and I so enjoyed helping my kids celebrate!

1 comment:

Jamie Jo said...

Those costumes are just adorable!!