Parents have been busy making costumes ranging from pirates to princesses to celebrate World Book Day. Staff and children at the Bright Kids Nursery in Crabbs Cross dressed up as their favourite story characters, and enjoyed a range of activities based around the book Pirates Love Underpants. There was a treasure hunt in the garden where children followed the clues to a chest, which was filled with LED lights to make it glow. The treasure was a mixture of plastic and chocolate coins – and the children were encouraged to put their counting skills into action. Youngsters also got busy in the kitchen making biscuits in the shape of sculls and crosses, parrots, treasure maps and a ship’s wheel.
This is the 20th year there’s been a World Book Day and the main aim of the event is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading. Nursery worker Sarah James said the children had enjoyed their pirate-themed day. “The costumes the children came in were brilliant, ranging from princesses and knights to mermaids and superheroes. We also had a lot dressed as pirates, as they knew that was going to be our theme for the day. The children have really enjoyed the activities, which have included making our own pirate ships to see if they would float or sink. They also had a go at walking the plank – we got two tyres out in the garden and put a wooden beam across and they practised their balancing, and then jumped off the end.” Sarah said the children had the chance to create their own books, and they came up with some wonderful ideas for stories. She added: “Parents were also invited to join in with the interactive story session – and bring along their own stories as well.”
Out of school children joined in with the fun by making up stories and creating plays using the costumes they dressed up in. The Sunbeams children also took part, having a Jungle themed day where they dressed up as animals. Staff had created animal themed activities indoors and outdoors for all the children to explore. Anita Shepherd, manager at the nursery, said “It was lovely to see all the children dressed up, getting into character and sharing their love of books – a fun day was had by all.”