Makerspace Monday: Cosplay


After children’s book author Joanne Rocklin sent me a read-aloud video for her May 5 release of Good Guys, Bad Guys, a picture book about conquering fears through dress up and role-playing, I had to use it for a #FamiliesWrite activity. (We always had dress-up costumes in the house when my kids were young.)

Then I saw that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first Harry Potter book, is now a read-aloud, too. A new chapter will be read aloud by a different actor each week at the Harry Potter at Home site. (Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who portrayed Harry Potter in the films, read the first chapter on May 5.) This brought back memories of all the kids (now adults) who dressed up as Harry Potter characters when each new book came out. Cue the cosplay! Costume play is a great way to work through emotionsand just have fun.

Act It Out    

Young children can get their wiggles out by dressing up in costume and performing a read-aloud story (in person or over a video chat app like FaceTime) as someone else reads the words.

Black Panther      

Travel to the land of Wakanda by making a Black Panther no-sew costume with a mask, an Erik Killmonger no-sew costume with a chest plate, or an Okoye no-sew costume with a spear.


The family at Fun, Cheap or Free made DIY Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Hans, and Olaf costumes for the whole family. (They even dressed the dog up as Sven.) 

Harry Potter

Transform into a Harry Potter character (Hedwig? Mandrake? Dobby? Take your pick!) with Country Living‘s roundup of 22 DIY costumes for everyone from babies to teens.

Star Wars
Cool Mom Picks lists 17 DIY Star Wars costumes for kids. Transform into Han, Leia, a baby Ewok, or BB-8. For those who use wheelchairs, there’s also the option of a TIE fighter costume.


DIY Inspired explains how to make troll hair with headbands and tulle. Choose a color that matches your favorite troll music group and dress up for your own Trolls World Tour.

Anastasia Suen reads, edits, and writes books for all ages from her makerspace at home in Northern California. She has been teaching children’s book writing workshops since 1999, writing for Booklist since 2004, and managing the Carnival of Children’s Literature since 2010. Follow her on Twitter at @AnastasiaSuen'

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