I love Dr. Seuss as much as any mom who loves books. I think we have 99% of his books and reading them to my kids are some of my favorite book-related memories. I even become a rapper when I read some of his books … I mean, who doesn’t read “hands hands fingers thumbs, one thumb one thumb drumming on the drum” with a little bit of a beat and attitude.
When I become a little bit of a Grinch is when schools ask me to dress my kids up as book characters. Costumes are just not one of the things I love creating, but add it to the list of things I’ll do because I love my kids. My son has to dress up as a Dr. Seuss character (our choice) for an upcoming kindergarten open house celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. As I started looking at options, two things mattered most to me – I wanted it to be (1) cheap and (2) easy. My favorite idea was this one, so I tried my own version of it because I wanted the star to be a little different.
This character that is yellow and has a little star is from Dr. Seuss’ “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish” book. All I needed was a plain yellow shirt and some blue fabric puff paint (I ended up using turquoise, but my son complained that it should have been blue 😂).
I decided to free hand the star, because I like the kind of odd-shaped star on the fish. The one in the book is definitely not a perfectly proportioned star, which takes the pressure off of doing it perfectly.
After I drew the general outline, I filled it in.
Learn from my mistake! I should have put a few pieces of paper behind the front layer of the shirt right from the beginning. I noticed as I was filling it in that it was starting to stick together. I added it as soon as I noticed and luckily avoided the back of the shirt getting stuck to the front.
Another obstacle I had to overcome was this adorable puppy. She kept using her silent ninja skills to sneak up to the top of the table and try to sneakily pull the yellow shirt off. She half-way succeeded a number of times, which led to bits of blue paint spread over the shirt. Luckily, the paint spots came up right away with a wet rag.
I don’t care what the back of that bottle said about a 4 hour dry time – it took a full 24 hours to dry! And I gave it more time just to be safe. Evidently I piled the paint on thick. 🤷♀️
And the dog continued to be a little punk … just wait until the end of this little video.
Cookie kept getting in the way the whole time I tried to get pics of B in his Dr. Seuss costume. It’s safe to say, she is a big fan of “this one has a little star.”
Do you need a quick Dr. Seuss costume? You should try this one. Dr. Seuss’ birthday is coming up and kindergartens every where are celebrating. Now that our costume is done, I can get over my grinch feelings and enjoy these moments with my favorite little boy.
From my home to yours,