to think that not many 11 year old boys have "spotty" clothes??

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amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 16:57:12

Children in Need day at school on Friday - Children are having a non-uniform day and pay a minimum of 50p to raise money for children in need - don't have any problem with that.

Then read further down and see that they have to wear something spotty - the spottier the better - that's probably not too bad to fulfil if you have a young girl - nightmare if you have a boy - especially an 11 year old!!

I am sure the children that are in need don't really care how the money is raised - so why make such a specific stipulation?? - I'm not buying him anything special so unless I ruin a piece of his existing clothes by drawing spots on it, then he wont get to participate.

HecatePropylaea Mon 12-Nov-12 16:58:48

what about round stickers on a tshirt?

Katisha Mon 12-Nov-12 16:59:13

Neither of my DSs have anything spotty. Sometimes schools just don't think I'm afraid.

beachyhead Mon 12-Nov-12 16:59:38

Cut out spots, colour them in and get a stack of safety pins grin

CuriosityCola Mon 12-Nov-12 17:01:37

Do you have any spotty clothing that could be used/turned into scarf?

Yanbu to think that spots aren't that necessary.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:01:37

That would work Hecate - I guess though I'd still be buying stickers when I could be donating that money to children in need if you see what I mean? That's certainly the best option so far. Thank you

shelley72 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:03:50

We're having to do this too, ds in reception but has nothing spotty (unlike his little sister). Think my only option is to buy fabric pens and ruin a perfectly good tshirt. do wish they had thought it through better!

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:03:57

beachy I am sure that safety pins probably would contravene some rule or other but I'd love to see their face grin

Curiosity I'm not really a spotty kind of person either - I think I may have a bra somewhere with spots on...........don't think he'll be that keen on that either grin

ShatnersBassoon Mon 12-Nov-12 17:05:01

We have the same problem.

I've bought Pudsey ears from Greggs. They had spotty wristbands too.

You could get an old plain t-shirt and draw spots on with felt pens if you really wanted to stick to the 'rules', but I couldn't be bothered.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:05:58

shelly, I agree - If you took half the cost of the fabrib pens and the t-shirt and donated that in stead and let your little one wear his favourite t-shirt surely that's a better deal for everyone?

We also do a wear yellow day for our local hospice every year which is a little easier and at least we know it's coming and it's not that bad for boys - they can wear a Brazil football top smile

wishiwasonholiday Mon 12-Nov-12 17:06:21

Every year ds' school does this, and the shops have hardly any special children on need boys tops.

HousewifefromBethlehem Mon 12-Nov-12 17:06:25

My ds is wearing spotty socks grin

VonHerrBurton Mon 12-Nov-12 17:06:48

Our school's doing this too amck.

I don't think my ds has had any spotty clothes since a pair of pyjamas 8 years ago grin

Going to do either spots on some old football socks and send him in his kit as he'd happily wear that anyway, or (possible pita but will try) paint spots on his hair with wash-off poster paint. Obvs would only work on short blonde hair! Failing that a t shirt with spots drawn on but Y5 and thinks he's too cool for that

CuriosityCola Mon 12-Nov-12 17:07:13

Haha, can you imagine your poor ds's face?!

I would just put him in something yellow. In my experience these recommendations are normally a way of saying not to wear something inappropriate.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:07:26

Shatners yes, we ruined a t-shirt last week for something else he was doing - so he has a lovely t-shirt with SLAVE written on the front - wonder if I could add spots to that?? grin

redskyatnight Mon 12-Nov-12 17:07:46

DH's old work shirt. Lots of coloured markers. Spotty as you like.

beingagoodmumishard Mon 12-Nov-12 17:08:20

this is the time of year when you are quite likely to find mums of boys traipsing round the shops, muttering under their breath "bl**dy spots" grin

Been there, seen it, done it and bought the t-shirt! - well a cheap plain white one and got DS to draw on spots. Have also used a Pudsey biscuit cutter as a stencil and drew a number of Pudseys on a t-shirt. Was quite effective, although didn't have fabric pens so unfortunately the felt tip ran abit in the rain. Another time I got a wooly hat that was like a bear's head and put a strip of white fabric with coloured on spots over one eye on the hat.

CuriosityCola Mon 12-Nov-12 17:08:24

Like the wristband idea. smile

VonHerrBurton Mon 12-Nov-12 17:09:06

Our school's doing this too amck.

I don't think my ds has had any spotty clothes since a pair of pyjamas 8 years ago grin

Going to do either spots on some old football socks and send him in his kit as he'd happily wear that anyway, or (possible pita but will try) paint spots on his hair with wash-off poster paint. Obvs would only work on short blonde hair! Failing that a t shirt with spots drawn on but Y5 and thinks he's too cool for that

VonHerrBurton Mon 12-Nov-12 17:09:45

Dunno what happened there, posted twice, sorry

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:10:02

......would a bra be inappropriate on a 11year old boy?? grin

They already have rules about slogans and normal football strips - he isn't into all that anyway so would probably just wear a t-shirt and hoody and jeans given the choice - well, actually given the choice he would still be wearing shorts grin

YuffieKisaragi Mon 12-Nov-12 17:11:48

We have the exact same issue here..ds1 is fond of ties so im going to rummage in the charity shops for a plain short and spotty tie. Got some fabric pens so I'll have a go at making it spotty.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:11:53

Think i'll turn the slave t-shirt inside out and let him loose with a set of felt tips - if it runs it runs.

amck5700 Mon 12-Nov-12 17:13:46

Yuffie - that's actually not a bad idea - they don't wear shirts but he is desperate to get into shirt and tie for high school - he could borrow one of his brothers school shirts and I am sure there will be a tie somewhere in the house we could use.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 12-Nov-12 17:14:05

Everyone with an older boy should get a spotty CIN wristband and a sausage roll from Greggs.

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