DIY Fancy Dress Costume – Theme: Environment

Everyone is talking about leaving a better planet for kids.
Let's try to leave better kids for our planet.


It is the need of the hour and in the interest of their own future that we must teach children to be environment conscious.

Most schools organize fancy dress shows on a regular basis based on different themes. It helps in activating their imagination, builds up their confidence and enhances their communication skills.

What better way to teach environmental friendliness than a fun fancy dress activity? Here are some ideas for making fancy dress costumes with environment as the theme.


1. EARTH

HOW DID I MAKE IT
• I cut two big circles from a cardboard.
• First stick blue paper on the full circle.
• After that I cut green paper to form the land pieces.
• Stick these green pieces on the circles.
• I made back and front pieces as two opposite sides of the globe.
• I used a globe/map for reference to draw land pieces so that it looks realistic.
• I joined both the circles with ribbons.
• Time taken to make this costume was 2 hours.


WHAT DID HE TALK ABOUT

• He spoke about how to reduce, reuse and recycle to save the earth.
• I also gave him a power point slide printout as a prop.



TIPS
• You can make water droplet and tree too in the same way.
• You can paint the costume instead of covering it with paper. However keep in mind that you should have enough time for drying out the paint.


2. CAR

HOW DID I MAKE IT
• I made a car out of a big cardboard box.
• Cardboard carton of size 3.5 ft x 2.5 ft x 2 ft was taken.
• I removed the bottom flaps to leave the base of the car open which would be used later.
• Larger flap was cut in the shape of car windows.
• The cut outs of the larger flap were pasted with one shorter flap to strengthen the bonnet.
• The other shorter flap was pasted with the side flaps to form the rear shield.
• The cut out from the bottom flaps was used to make the windshield.
• Wheels were made by cutting the sides of the carton in the shape of half circles.
• I covered it with colored paper.
• I made windows, headlight etc with different colored paper.
• I used markers for the details and highlights.
• I used ribbons to hang the car on the child's shoulders.
• Time taken to make this costume was 7-8 hours.


WHAT DID HE TALK ABOUT

• He spoke about how we need to reduce usage of cars by opting for car pools and public transport.
• Also how less usage of car implies reduced usage of fuel and pollution.



TIPS
• The car can be painted with spray paint instead of sticking paper. However keep in mind that you should have enough time for drying out the paint.
• Instead of car, a bus or a bicycle can also be made as per what excites the child.


3. CLOTH BAG

HOW DID I MAKE IT
• This is one of the easiest costumes to assemble.
• I used a readymade cloth shopping bag for this.
• I put the handle in the child's neck like a garland.
• I filled it with reusable stuff like steel water bottle, steel lunch box etc.


WHAT DID HE TALK ABOUT

• He spoke about why plastic bags should not be used.
• How plastic is harmful for the environment.


TIPS
• This can be done with recycled paper bags too.


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