One thing--probably one of the only things, I think--that I have disliked about the Kid's Montessori preschool is that the opportunities for parent involvement are small. Each classroom is kind of its own little world, and parents only get invited in on pretty special days. I respect the reasons for that, but still....it makes my crafty, dying to be a room-mother heart wistful some days.
So when Little Miss's teachers asked for volunteers to help sew costumes for her school's "Competition Day" I was all over it.
I do not understand the purpose of this day--particularly as it applies to the infants--but I really don't care. Basically, the school administration(?) picks a general theme and then all of the classrooms "compete" to see who can best carry it out.
This year's theme was "Countries of the World" or something like that, and each classroom was decorated for a different country. Little Miss's room drew Brazil, so the babies were dressed up as parrots (for the non-walkers) and soccer players (for the older babies).
Complete silliness, yes? But also such fun.
I made the parrot costumes mostly like I made the Kid's owl Halloween costume, way back when. The only major difference was that, instead of making tiny, fabric feathers, each baby parrot had three large feathers made of felt.
Because I was making them in volume--there were nine, total--using big, felt feathers made it a lot easier. With just a little cutting help from Sweet Husband, I was able to do all of the costumes in about three hours.
If you were only doing one, it would be so much faster than that even, so this would be a great, last-minute Halloween costume. (Assuming anyone besides me is thinking about that yet.)
(I can't help it. I love planning costumes. Especially with a baby because I totally get to pick. Any-who....moving on.)
Is it horribly brag-y of me to mention that Little Miss's room won "best costumes"? Perhaps the tiny ones in the costumes had something to do with it, but, I must say, those were some very finely feathered baby parrots.