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Celebrating Read Across America

Damaris de los Santos

Read Across America Day, March 1, 2014                                                                                         Photo credit:


Last week, ladybug celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America day at school. As part of the celebration they were asked to come dressed up in their favorite book character; and ladybug decided to dress up as the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz. However, here’s my problem, it would be awesome to make a full costume but I am not great at sewing AND have little time to spend on this. So I went searching online for simple ideas and found some that I can use. I decided to make a lion’s mane headband and a tail…quick and simple. I had a few things around the house that I was able to use but still had to make a quick visit to our local craft store to get some felt, pom poms, and batting (filling used in quilt) all for under $10. I gathered all of my material and got to work.

Tools: Scissors Felt Headband (elastic) Glue Gun Batting Knee high stocking (tan) Pom Poms

It took about an hour to do. I first cut out triangles from the felt. There was no rhyme or reason in the size or order of cutting the triangles.  I used the cut up triangles and glued it around the headband (22 triangles to fill out the headband). After completing the headband I moved onto the tail. I cut up some batting and stuffed the stocking with it and tied the opening. I then glued the pom poms at the end of it to complete the look.  Once done, I placed the headband over her head and tied her tail to her belt loop and there you have it…the cowardly lion. How did you or your child’s school celebrate Read Across America day?