Peep & the Big Wide World Inspired Costumes

WGBH asked me if I had some ideas on how to make Peep and the Big Wide World Costumes.  This is my solution.  These are the easiest costumes you’ll ever make!  No sewing involved.

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What you’ll need:

-Generic long sleeve shirt: purple, red, or yellow—depending on which character you are making  (Can usually be found at any craft store)

-Black leggings or straight leg sweat pants

-Light (for Peep) or dark (for Quack and Chirp) colored generic baseball cap (Can usually be found at any craft store)

-Fabric paints to paint the cap and name on the shirt.  Get the coordinating colors to paint the crown, brim, and shirt of your character.

-Felt pieces:  White and black for the eyes, red for Peep’s chicken comb, and extra white if you are making Quack’s hat.

-Black pipe cleaners for Chirps head

-Large plastic disposable cup if you are making Quack’s hat.

-Scissors

-Hot glue gun

-Optional:  You can use the name patterns at the end of this post to cut and make templates for painting the names on your character, OR print the patterns on iron-on transfers through an ink-jet printer.  Be sure to get the appropriate kind for dark or light shirts. Use the black filled name template and THIS product if you want the name to be black.  Use the white outlined name template and THIS product if you want the name to be white.

-Optional:  You could also use batting or something soft to puff the shirt out a little and make it more rounded.

*Another idea:  If Halloween night gets really cold in your area, you could use an oversized shirt and put it right over a child’s coat—it would make the shape looker rounder, just like the characters.

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Directions:

The directions for all the costumes are pretty much the same, with just a few variations in the hats.

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Peep

For Peep’s costume, you’ll need a yellow long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white, black and red felt.  You’ll also need black and yellow fabric paint.

Start with a white or light colored cap.  Use the fabric paints to paint the crown yellow and then paint the brim black.  Let dry.  Use the patterns below to make white felt ovals, and small black circles for the eyes.  Use red felt and the pattern below to make the chicken comb.  Attach felt pieces to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with black fabric paint.

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Chirp

For Chirp’s costume, you’ll need a red long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white and black felt. You’ll also need red, orange, and black fabric paint.

Start with a medium dark or dark colored cap. Use the fabric paints to paint the crown red, and then paint the brim orange. Let dry. Use the patterns below to make white felt circles, and smaller black circles for the eyes. Use thick black pipe cleaners to make the spikey tufts on top of Chirp’s head.  Attach felt pieces and pipe cleaners to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with black fabric paint.

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Quack

For Quack’s costume, you’ll need a purple long-sleeve shirt, black leggings/sweat pants, and pieces of white and black felt. You’ll also need purple and black fabric paint (and white if you are using fabric paint for the name on the shirt)

Start with a medium dark or dark colored cap. Use the fabric paints to paint the crown purple, and then paint the brim black. Let dry. Use the patterns below to make white felt circles, and smaller black circles for the eyes.

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Use a large plastic disposable cup for Quack’s hat.  Cut the cup down to about 1.25” high (shown above).  Glue a strip of white felt around it.  Attach felt pieces and felt-covered hat to cap with hot glue.

Use the name pattern to print an iron-on transfer of the name for the shirt OR just use the pattern as a template and paint the name on with white fabric paint.

Patterns for Features:

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Martha Speaks About Animal Shelters

PBS KIDS’ Martha Speaks is partnering with the Humane Society of the United States to celebrate the great work done by animal shelters around the country.

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To celebrate this partnership, PBS will be airing a special week of shelter dog episodes, beginning Monday, October 3, 2011 on PBS KIDS (check your local listings).

Previewing the Martha Speaks episodes this week has led to many conversations and questions from my kids.  We’ve been exploring and learning a lot this week about animal shelters and the Humane Society.  Check out what we’ve learned on our video!

My kids and I have celebrated Martha’s great cause this entire week.  We got a sneak peak of the new episode, “Carolina Picks a Lily,” and loved it.  This new episode will premier on TV this Monday, so check your local listings!  There will be special episodes every day to celebrate shelter animals.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is such a great opportunity to teach your kids in a really fun way about the great work of the Humane Society.

It’s a great thing to adopt an animal from an animal shelter.  You never know what fun things will happen.  I found it inspiring when I discovered that Susan Meddaugh, the author of the original “Martha Speaks” book series, was inspired to write the books because of a stray dog she adopted and named Martha.  “[The real-life] Martha has given me more than I could have ever imagined,” Susan explains. “What if we hadn’t adopted her? We would have missed so much. And it makes me sad to think of all the dogs in shelters, and all the love and surprises they could bring to a forever home of their own.”

When you adopt an animal and bring them into a “forever home,” it surely is a cause for celebration!  It’s like welcoming a new family member!  Here are some ideas to help you celebrate . . .

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These tasty dog bone cookie snacks are a sure crowd pleaser.  Make extra for the party goers, they will definitely want to take home a doggy-bag.

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We made these tasty treats the easy way!  We made brownies from a mix and sugar cookies from a mix.  Just get your favorite frostings, sprinkles and a dog bone cookie cutter and you will be set.  I like how the little dog bone sits on top of the brownie.

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By the way, these are just people treats.  You should never EVER feed a dog chocolate.

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Unless it’s this kind of dog.  Then it’s okay.

Make some tasty treats that Martha and your own dog would love.  Here’s a recipe for some great doggy-safe treats: http://www.dogtreatrecipes.org/the-perfect-dog-biscuit-recipe.html

More fun with Animal Shelter Printables!

I thought it would be fun to have some printables for the upcoming week, so I created these for the great celebration.  Just click the pics below to view the full-size PDFs and print!  These are great for a fun activity to color while watching the Shelter Dog Adoption episodes of Martha Speaks this week!  Also, find a fun Martha Speaks bone bracelet activity printout at http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/pdf/MarthaHA_BoneBracelet.pdf

To find out more about helping animals and for more activity ideas, visit http://www.pbs.org/parents/martha/helpinganimals/index.html

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