It’s that costume time of year! I can’t imagine a way to get kids more excited about and engaged in reading than dressing up as a story book character. During my time in Kinder I’ve been Pinkalicious, Cinderella, a Monster (Monsters Love School), and Camila (A Bad Case of Stripes). My most recent costume and book choice was a Bucket Filler. I love this book for so many reasons. It gives our class a common, kid-friendly language for discussing how to treat others with care and kindness. The best part about this costume is I am going to save it and bring it back out to serve as a “mascot” when we need reminders about how to be bucket fillers in the classroom.
Check out my step by step DIY instructions for being a bucket filler, too! Easy, inexpensive and so so fun.
1) Bucket / Tote (I recommend the soft plastic from Five Below or Family Dollar)
2) Adhesive sticker sheets (Cricut brand, from Michaels or Joanne Fabrics)
3) Foam hearts & stars (Michael’s) or…make out of felt!
4) String / rope
1) Choose a soft plastic bucket to make cutting easy! Choose a good pair of scissors (kids scissors won’t work!). If you don’t have great scissors you can also try pruners or a knife. Be careful! Scissors worked great for me. I followed one of the bottom most ridges all the way around which made for an even, clean cut.
2) Unroll two colors of adhesive (I used the Cricut brand from Michael’s. Don’t forget to download a digital coupon before you go! I never shop at Michael’s without a coupon…). I used black for the face and pink for the happy cheeks. Cut out one oval eye and then use this as a tracer to cut the second so that they are identical. Do the same, but with pink, for cheeks. Cut out a black mouth.
3) Prepare to stick the face on your bucket! The great part is these pieces can be stuck on and PEELED off if you do not like the placement. I pulled them off a couple of times before I settled on the right spot. The key is to place them on lightly- don’t press them on until you are sure of the location. The backing is initially hard to peel but once you start, the rest of the backing pulls off easily.
4) The eyes I thought looked best slightly tilted towards each other at the top. To place the cheeks and smile correctly, I placed the cheeks down lightly, and lined up the ends of the smile with the center of the cheek. I layered both and laid them lightly on top of each other. Once I was happy with both sides, I smoothed and pressed down both pieces.
5) Depending on how your bucket fits, you may want to use some string or rope to tie to each handle and wrap behind your neck to keep the bucket up! My friend had a great idea for her bucket which fit a little snug and she cut it straight up the back and punched holes with a hand hole punch and laced it up like a corset!
6) Lastly, we wore all black and pinned (using safety pins) the foam hearts and stars all over our shirts. You can add pig tails, funky hair, pink blush, etc! I even found adorable heart and star wands in the party section at Walmart (glow in the dark section). Don’t forget to read “Have you Filled a Bucket Today?” and have a super fun day!
For our little ones, we even made a quick and easy Bucket Filler snack. We drew faces on plastic cups with permanent marker and filled the cups with vanilla yogurt and topped with star sprinkles. A sweet little treat!
Enjoy your Bucket Filler Day!