1. Malik does not own a Filipino storybook. He's been reading since he was about 2 1/2 years old, but we've mostly read hand me down books to him which were in English; and
2. Costumes were supposed to be recycled. We're not very good at crafting things. So necessarily, Malik's book day required some planning.
|The kids of Kinder Bulan on National Children's Book Day|
First up was to get ourselves a Filipino storybook. We had a couple of considerations. The book had to have short sentences. Malik would not be able to finish reading it otherwise. And secondly, the book had to feature a character for which a costume could be easily made. That was the intention after all; there was no need to be very intellectual about it. Anyway, I picked out Adarna book's Si Putot - a story about a dog with a short tail.
|Malungkot si Putot dahil maiksi ang kanyang buntot.|
(It's a good book by the way. Putot meets a worm who teaches Putot to appreciate himself despite his disabilities.) When that was done, there was the matter of Malik actually knowing Putot. Everynight before D-day, Pao read Si Putot to Malik (and his minions. Heehee).
|Malik has been peppering his sentences with "buntot" lately.|
He thinks the word is funny. Buntot. Has a nice ring to it.
And then we had to deal with the costume-making. Ugh. I found this photo from Google.
It looked easy enough, but I wanted to make it easier. I could do away with the furry shirt. I figured, I'd just get an old bonnet, sew on dog ears, and make Malik wear an all-white outfit.
|A good parent would make dog ears from scratch. |
I, on the other hand, bought bunny ears from Saizen. ;p
|Sayang naman ang bunny ears kung hindi muna pi-picture-an. Hehe|
|Isa pa. Yey.|
|Did I hear you say "do-it-yourself costume"? Okay. Here's what you do.|
Get perfectly good bunny ears and cut them out.
Sew the bunny ears into an old Baguio bonnet...
|...and sew what's left of the bunny ears into an old pair of shorts.|
It turns out, National Children's Book Day is a big event at Malik's school. I felt bad for not putting more effort into Malik's costume. Ang ibang parents kinareer!
|Whoever made that turtle costume has to be given an award!|
|We had to go to work on book day. Malik went to school with Lolo.|
I left gel eyeliner to put on Malik's nose like our peg.
But I may or may not have left clear instructions.
Ayan, kamukha tuloy ni Malik si Nora Aunor. Haha
|Waiting for story telling time...|
|Older kids read story books to preschoolers. Awww.|
|A good parent would remember to bring fruit kebab.|
I, on the other hand, forgot. :(
|No worries though. There was plenty of food to go around.|
|Malik's classmate, J, went as Juan Tumad. He won Best Costume. Clap, clap.|