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Dress for the job you want, not the job you have

What do you want to be when you grow up? Chef? Doctor? Intergalactic superstar? How about ALL THREE?! Ooh, fancy that.

Today, we’re going to show you how to bring your little one’s alter egos from our Where Are You…? book to life. How? With some simple book character costumes. They’re perfect for World Book Day!

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You’ll need:

Pencil
Glue
Cardboard
Sellotape
Ribbon
Red felt tip pen
Bulldog clip

Chef

Step 1
The first step in this delicious task is making a chef’s hat. Cut a strip of cardboard about two inches wide, and long enough to wrap around your little one’s head. Glue the ends of the strip together to make a ring.

Step 2
Use a pencil to draw your finest chef’s hat on to cardboard. Then cut it out and glue it to the front of your cardboard ring.

Step 3
What’s a chef without their apron? Messy, that’s what. Cut a rectangle out of cardboard – this will be the main part of your apron.

Step 4
Cut two lengths of ribbon and attach one to either side at the top of the rectangle. These will be your apron strings.

Step 5
Furnish your apron with a picture of your favourite food. We chose pizza because… well, pizza.

Doctor

Step 1
Repeat ‘Step 1’ from above.

Step 2
Draw around the ring you’ve made to create a circle then cut it out. Careful now.

Step 3
Using sticky tape on the inside of the hat, stick the circle flat against the cardboard ring.

Step 4
Draw a nice thick red cross on to the front of the hat with a red felt tip pen.

Step 5
Every doctor needs a clipboard to make them look extra-important. Cut a rectangle of cardboard that’s roughly 32 x 23cm (a little bit larger than a sheet of A4 paper).

Step 6
Put a bulldog clip on one end of your rectangle, then clip on some pieces of paper. Sorry, patient notes.

Step 7
You won’t be allowed in the hospital without your all-important ID badge. Cut a piece of cardboard that measures roughly 8 x 5cm. Stick a safety pin on the back with sellotape.

Step 8
Fill in your ID card by drawing your face. Then write your name and other pertinent information.

Intergalactic superstar

Step 1
Draw your best microphone shape on to cardboard.

Step 2
Cut out your microphone. Use felt tips to add some details, like your intergalactic superstar alter ego name.

Step 3
Draw your finest pair of fancy sunglasses on to cardboard. Stuck for inspiration? Elton’s got you covered.

Step 4
Cut around the edge of your fancy sunglasses. Then cut out the middle of the glasses (careful!) so you can see through them.

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