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Primary schools and dressing up days: WHEN DOES IT END?

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NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 20:59:39

OK, please talk to me about the benefits of endless farking dressing up days before I buy a tomato costume and hurl myself at the headteacher.

DS1 (Y5) has to go in as a piece of fruit or veg on Friday. Because it's UNICEF day hmm

DS2 (Y3) has to do some World Book Day nonsense, also on Friday.

Neither of them own any dressing-up clothes. They have jeans, tracksuits, and various dun-coloured tops.

Whywhywhy do schools do this so often? Does it have any actual educational/pastoral benefits at all?

All it seems to involve is me shelling out stupid sums for nonsense nylon rubbish from Amazon twice a term. The boys are just not bothered about the whole thing.

And no I'm not going to make something. I'm a single parent, I work f/t and I can no more sew an outfit than I can split an atom <cack-handed>

Is this stuff easier if you have girls?

NearlyEverything Wed 13-Feb-13 10:07:37

Thanks for all the genius suggestions and cathartic sympathising. DS1's Annoying Orange shirt arrived today so that's us sorted.

TomArchersSausage - the DS's infant school used to demand home-made hats for everything. The most vexing was the annual Maths Hat for maths day. maths hat hmm

Verugal Tue 12-Feb-13 22:05:26

All of the kids' fancy dress outfits. Are made from tesco value pillowcases. Three quid for two
I cat armholes and a headhole and draw on thevfront with Sharpie marker
They have been Romans and Vikings and kings and knights and pirates and trolls and candles. I hate fancy dress and soon the eldest will be too night to wear a pillowcase. I may have to buy sheets

Samnella Tue 12-Feb-13 20:55:49

I hate them too. I am sure the teachers just do it to get there own back for all those whingey parents moaning how Godfrey is not a genius. They probably all sit in the staff room coming up with ever more ridiculous themes just to piss us off. Either that or they all have shares in Amazon. grin

TomArchersSausage Tue 12-Feb-13 16:25:36

Oh dear lord dd has just told there's ANOTHER one coming up. We've only just had onehmm

Please stop with the feckin dressing upconfused I've had 10 years of it.

eviekingston Tue 12-Feb-13 12:00:02

You think you've got it bad? Not only do I have to find creative and inspired costumes for DS, I have to flipping dress MYSELF up too (reception teacher). But not as a fruit or vegetable (yet)....

MERLYPUSS Tue 12-Feb-13 10:53:38

I think a lot of it is to do with conning you out of a couple of quid each week although I can see the benefit of dressing accordingly for the ragged school vistit etc.

Get an x-large t-shirt. Colour a paper plate green and cut the rim so it looks like a leaf or stalk. Wear plate on head. Run elastic through the hem of the t-shirt and wear it hip length. You could be a peach/orange/apple/kiwi etc.
If you have a brown t-shirt make eyes from round white stickers with pupils drawn on.

I always buy polo shirts when they are in the sainsburys sale in the largest size possible. They do yellow, bottle green, red and navy here along with white and pale blue. The bottle green ones are great for robin hood and peter pan if it covers their bum. Pulled in with a belt and a tin foil sword works well. They can go down to about £1 each at the end of the sale. I also find that the larger ones are generally available as big kid noramlly wear shirts not polos.

You wait. Comic relief soon.......

TomArchersSausage Tue 12-Feb-13 10:15:32

And it's all very well coming up with easier ideas sensibly using what you've already got for things like World Book Day, but dc have much more ambitious and greater expectations as to what they'll go as.

So then you either have to crush all that and send them off with a long face dressed only in their uniform as Just William, or you're trawling Ebay, hitting the shops and up till 2am trying to make a Giant Peach outfit.

I must admit dd made a wonderful Slinky Malinky one year. She skipped in looking happy at least, but came out in tears. 'I couldn't get my costume off to go to the toilet'. Aaagh!

Best suggestion I heard of was to go as Where's Wally and stay at homewink

thegreylady Tue 12-Feb-13 10:02:35

Verruca Salt

TomArchersSausage Tue 12-Feb-13 10:01:57

My dts are now in yr 6. I believe it stops when they go to secondary school as ds1 (now yr11) has never been expected to dress up. But yes, all told I've had years of thishmm and I won't be sorry to see an end to it because it's driven me half barmy.

I honestly can see no reason for the constant default for every topic, (no matter how abstract: ie maths fgs) that they've ever covered to encompass dressing up. It's complete madness.

Victorian day: I thought I at least had that covered when dd announced at 8.15 as I was zipping up their packed lunch bags that 'we have to have a Victorian lunch mummy. A hot potato wrapped in straw and paper the teacher said'.

I nearly provided said hot potato with instructions on where they could stick it.

newgirl Tue 12-Feb-13 09:56:27

this is what charity shops are for - they are full of everyone's stuff from the previous years.

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 12-Feb-13 09:51:04

Picturesinthefirelight Tue 12-Feb-13 09:44:52

Sorry bit of an in joke. It's lol because dd's obsessed by Matilda and the west end show and I'm collecting her schools outgrown blazers for a Matilda themed dance.

Suffolkgirl1 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:17:47

Do you have a plastic sand bucket and a toy dinosaur?

If so send in normal clothes with the above - Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs.

It doesn't improve - my year 8 has to go on Thursday as something beginning with V

BooksandaCuppa Tue 12-Feb-13 07:17:15

Never had dress up days at ds primary. Non school uniform about once a year (usually children in need) and that was it. What a great school!

(I rather suspect his senior school do do World Book Day though...)

christinarossetti Tue 12-Feb-13 07:09:46

Why lol at Matilda? (Sorry for thread hijack, but it just crossed my mind whilst pondering how I'd dress the dc up as fruit or veg).

This is to be dd's minimalist effort for World Book Day - it's okay isn't it?

Picturesinthefirelight Mon 11-Feb-13 22:31:00

Lol at Matilda.

Dd's uniform is very very similar to the costumes on the West End. So much so I'm collecting old blazers to use in a dance show in The summer.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Mon 11-Feb-13 22:19:55

My dd1 started senior school, phew you would think
But NO - book week and Tudor day

OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 11-Feb-13 22:17:01

Even in year 7 it doesn't necessarily stop. Dd had 2 dressing up things.
And I have to be a Viking soon at work <sigh>

christinarossetti Mon 11-Feb-13 22:16:24

Matilda is just ordinary clothes carrying a copy of 'Great Expectations' isn't she?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Mon 11-Feb-13 22:12:14

Can you use the victorian outfit for DS2? Have they got to go as a literary character?

He could be Oliver - victorian costume plus empty bowl. Or if he won't carry a bowl make a sign to hang round his neck saying 'More'.

Or send him in slightly small clothes, buy a pair of toy glasses and he can be Harry Potter.
Slightly small clothes with a bar of chocolate in his back pocket - Charlie Bucket.

You will think of something smile

Dromedary Mon 11-Feb-13 22:11:59

We were told they could just be food coloured - purple and green we decided was an aubergine.

Book day - anything at all you can cadge will fit into a book somewhere.

But you're right - it's a real pain, constant excuse to demand money from parents. One time they did it 2 weeks running, complaining that parents hadn't given enough money to charity the first time round. And probably a throw back to the times when mums didn't work (our head still thinks mums don't have real jobs and told me off for not attending an in school day event once - I had to explain in words of one syllable that I was at work).


MariusEarlobe Mon 11-Feb-13 22:08:22

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 22:04:00

Although if it happens, you'll probably find me starting a thread saying 'we only have grey socks, black socks and blue socks' etc

NearlyEverything Mon 11-Feb-13 22:03:15

Ach, I dream of Charity Crazy Socks Day

Shellington Mon 11-Feb-13 22:02:00

"go as a date"
love it.

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