My children, like most all children, love costumes.
For that reason, we have a wealth of licensed character costumes.
Licensed character costumes are great, we love them. However you can’t deny that there is something special about letting a child create their own costume, of their own imagining. If you need any evidence of the greatness that is children’s superhero designs, then I suggest checking out artist Alex Law’s Tumblr: Little Girls are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You.
It doesn’t take much time nor money to create a costume kit for your child. We recently made one for SunnyGirl and here’s what we included:
1- Masks. These were purchased for $1 each from Party City.
They are adult-sized so we had to tie a little knot in the back to help them fit SunnyGirl’s todder-sized head.
2- A cape. Capes can be purchased from Dollar Tree for $1, or they can be homemade. SunnyGirl has several fashion scarfs that were purchased at thrift shops which she uses as capes. Here is a cape that I made for SunnyGirl out of one of my old t-shirts.
3- Duct tape wristbands. These are uber simple to make, just stick the sticky sides together and make the bracelets just large enough that the children can slip them on and off easily.
4- Foam stickers. Sounds funny, I know. But its like the S on Superman’s shirt, only they can put the stickers anywhere and spell anything their heart desires.
Package this all up in a container with some nail polish or, if you’re brave, some face paint and you’ve got the makings of a basic cosplay kit for children.
This post has been part of The ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings series.
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