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    Out-of-the-box costume ideas to help your child stand out at the fancy dress competition

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    Written by V Saravana Kumar and published on 14 June 2021.

    Are you looking for fun and unique ideas for your child's fancy dress competition? How about dressing up your child as a traffic light? Here are some more exciting fancy dress ideas you can try for your child.

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    Out-of-the-box costume ideas to help your child stand out at the fancy dress competition

    For most fancy dress competitions, children usually get dressed as leaders or popular personalities. They even dress up as doctors, police officers, astronauts and various mythological characters. But, what if you and your child need something unique for the fancy dress competition? Here's some help.

    In this article, we look at unique costume ideas from traffic lights to robots, that will thrill your child as he prepares for his fancy dress competition. Moreover, the fun and joy while getting these costumes ready together make the ideas worth a try. It is also a great opportunity to teach your little one a thing or two about patriotism, science and technology, and more.

    Sounds interesting? Let's see how to make these unique fancy dress costumes.

    Traffic light

    Materials required
    Cardboard
    3 white color lids (take from old plastic jars)
    Pencil or pen
    Acrylic paint (yellow, red, green, and black colors)
    Hot glue
    A long piece of string or yarn
    A pair of scissors

    How to make a traffic light costume

    • Cut the cardboard to fit your child's body from shoulder to mid-thigh. Paint the cardboard black.
    • Paint one lid red, the other yellow and the next one green to denote the color of traffic lights.
    • Mark 3 circles on the cardboard using the lids and pencil/pen and cut them out.
    • Glue the red, yellow and green lids around the circles on the cardboard in that order.
    • Attach the string to the top of the cardboard. Your child can wear the traffic signal around his neck.

    Dialogue to say"STOP for Red;
    WAIT for Yellow;
    GO for Green;
    Always follow traffic rules and have a safe journey!

    Maggi noodles

    Materials required
    Yellow yarn
    Yellow chart paper
    Maggi noodles wrappers
    Glue
    A pair of scissors

    How to make Maggi noodles costume 

    • Cut the chart paper into a rectangular strip to make a headband for your child.
    • Glue the corners and attach strings all around the back of the headband.
    • Cut Maggi noodles logo from the wrappers and stick them to the headband.
    • Cut a large rectangle from the chart paper to make a skirt or kilt for your child.
    • Attach the ends and add yarn all around it.
    • Decorate the skirt with Maggi logos and pictures from the wrappers.

    Dialogue to say"I love Maggi because it is yummy
    It is quick to make for my mummy
    But, if I eat it too much
    I'll end up with tummy ache and
    If I only eat it once monthly
    I'll be strong and healthy!"

    Dettol bottle

    Materials required
    Cardboard box
    Green craft paper
    Sketch pens
    Glue
    A pair of scissors
    An empty Dettol handwash bottle (or a photo of the bottle)

    How to make a Dettol bottle costume 

    • Cut the flaps on one end of the box.
    • On the other end, cut an opening wide enough to fit your child's neck comfortably. The box should be such that you can hang it from your child's shoulders.
    • With sketch pens and craft paper, create the logo and picture of a Dettol bottle.

    Dialogue to say"Wash and clean, wash and clean; Dettol is here to keep the germs at bay!"

    Television

    Materials required
    A large rectangular cardboard box
    Acrylic paint in pastel and metallic colors
    A pair of scissors
    Black color dress

    How to make a TV costume 

    • Make your child wear the black dress.
    • Place the box horizontally, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
    • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
    • Paint the box black, except the front side.
    • Draw a rectangle in the front to denote the TV screen. Use pastel colors to paint the busy signal screen.
    • Use metallic colors to draw the knobs and buttons.

    Dialogue to say"I am a TV.
    I have many fun and interesting programs for you.
    But, you cant watch all of them in one day.
    Remember, only one hour a day;
    If not, your brain will get rusty!"

    Mobile phone

    Materials required
    A large rectangular cardboard box
    Social media decals (available online)
    A pair of scissors
    White or black color dress

    How to make a mobile phone costume 

    • Make your child wear the white/black color dress.
    • Place the box vertically, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
    • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
    • Paint the box black.
    • Paste the decal stickers on the front to resemble a phone screen.

    Dialogue to say"If you want to call someone, I'm here;
    If you want to take a picture, I'm here;
    If you want to browse, I'm here;
    I have everything you need;
    I even have a voice assistant for you;
    I am addictive, but your time is valuable;
    So, spend it with your loved ones more!"

    Robot

    Materials required
    A large rectangular cardboard box
    A shoebox
    Holographic tape
    A pair of scissors
    2 black straws
    Pipe cleaner
    Silver color dress

    How to make a robot costume 

    • Make your child wear the silver color dress.
    • Place the large box vertically, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
    • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
    • Cut a square on top of the shoebox. Cut another square on one side. Your child will be able to wear the box over his head with his face peeking out. You can secure the box with tape.
    • Add the straws on top of the shoebox as antennas. Make a coil from the pipe cleaner and connect the straws.

    Dialogue to say"Hi, I am Bobo the robot.
    How can I help you today?
    Hi, I am Bobo the robot.
    How can I help you today?
    No input.OK bye,
    Have a nice day!"

    ATM machine

    Materials required
    4 large sheets of cardboard (approximately 100 cm in length and 50 cm in width)
    Dark blue and light blue colored paper
    A set of sketch pens
    A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
    Glue
    Wide cellophane tape
    Compass and pencil
    Measuring ruler
    Black T-shirt and full-length trousers

    How to make an ATM machine costume 

    • Paste the dark blue paper on the cardboard, using glue. Let it dry for a few minutes.
    • On two sheets of cardboard, at about 6cm from the top, draw a circle (with about a 10 cm radius) using the pencil and compass.
    • Cut these circles out using scissors or a paper cutter. These sheets will form the sides of the ATM.
    • Cut the light blue sheet into a rectangle (approximately 20 cm in length and 15 cm in width).
    • Paste this on one of the uncut cardboard pieces at about 10 cm from the top edge to make the screen of the ATM.
    • Using the sketch pens, draw the buttons and other features that are displayed on an ATM screen.
    • The fourth cardboard sheet will serve as the back of the ATM, and hence, can be left as it is.
    • Now, attach the four cardboard sheets together using the wide cellophane tape. Once done, they would make a box with an open top and bottom. Make sure that the two sheets with circular holes face each other.
    • Make your child wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Let him now put on the box through his head and slide his hands into the two holes at the sides. Voila, your little one is now an ATM!

    Dialogue to say"I am an ATM. I give you money. But, if you enter the wrong PIN number, Ill hold it back!"

    Light bulb

    Materials required
    1 large sheet of cardboard (approximately 100 cm in length and 50 cm in width)
    1 sheet of butter paper
    Black, white poster colors
    A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
    Glue
    Torchlight
    Long nylon strings
    Black T-shirt and full-length trousers

    How to make a light bulb costume 

    • First, cut the cardboard in the shape of a large light bulb (including the base). Make sure it is large and wide enough to cover your child from below her neck to her lower thighs.
    • At around the middle part of the light bulb cut-out, make small holes at two ends.
    • Insert the two nylon strings into the holes and tie them to the cut-out, leaving the other ends open.
    • Draw a big circle on the top portion of the bulb cut-out and cut it out.
    • Paste the butter paper on the back of the bulb to cover the hole.
    • Now, paint the bulb (except for the butter paper) in white, and the base of the bulb in black.
    • Make your child wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Tie the light bulb around her waist, and let her hold the torchlight.
    • She can now switch on and switch off the torchlight, to make the bulb go on and off.

    Dialogue to say"I am a light bulb, and I make the room bright. Switch me on when you need light. Switch me off when you don't."

    Rocket

    Materials required
    1 sheet of white chart paper
    1 sheet of black chart paper
    Blue and red colored papers
    Compass and pencil
    A set of sketch pens
    A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
    Glue
    Wide cellophane tape
    Black T-shirt and full-length trousers

    How to make a rocket costume 

    • Take the black chart paper and cut it in half, horizontally.
    • Attach one half of the black chart paper to the horizontal side of the white chart paper, using the glue.
    • At the center of the white chart paper, draw a circle (of about 10 cm radius) using the pencil and compass. Cut out this circle using scissors or the paper cutter.
    • Decorate the white chart paper using the sketch pens. You can draw the ISRO logo and the Indian flag.
    • Cut a semi-circular shape from the blue paper and fold it to make a cone. This will form the rockets head.
    • Cut two equal-sized triangles from the red paper to make the fins of the rocket.
    • Now, join the horizontal sides of the chart paper together using the cellophane tape. This will now look like a tubular structure.
    • Attach the blue cone on top of the white part of the tube using glue.
    • Attach the fins to the black portion of the tube using glue.
    • While dressing up your child, make him first wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Then, make him put on the rocket. Fix it in such a way that his face shows up through the circular hole. Your child's rocket is ready to take off now!

    Dialogue to say"I am a rocket, I can take off and fly. I carry satellites and place them up in the sky."

    Bharat Mata fancy dress

    Materials required
    Sari with white or tri-colored border and a white blouse
    Orange and green paint
    Chart paper
    Thin white paper
    Gold and silver paper
    Colored sequins
    2 wooden sticks a long one for the Trishul and a shorter one for the flag
    A pair of scissors
    Glue
    Stapler

    How to make a Bharat Mata costume 

    • Trace the shape of a crown on the chart paper. Choose a design that has a point rising from the center.
    • Now, cut and paste the gold paper on the crown. Then stick the colored sequins.
    • Trace the shape of a Trishul on the chart paper. Cut and paste the silver paper on it.
    • Attach the Trishul to the long stick.
    • Cut out a rectangular shape from the white paper for the flag. Paint it to make the Indian tricolor.
    • Attach the paper flag to the shorter stick.
    • To put the costume together, drape the sari in a regular fashion.
    • Secure the crown on the head by stapling the ends together.
    • Give your child the flag to hold in one hand and the Trishul in the other.

    Dialogue to say"I'm Mother India the Goddess of our country."

    Now that you have these unique costume ideas for your child's fancy dress competition, what are you waiting for? Choose one and involve your child in the process of making it. It would provide her with a great learning opportunity, and more importantly, give both of you a wonderful chance to work and bond together.

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