Teaching children to love the written word is the job of every parent. Reading books to children is the best ways to spend quality time together and associate reading with love. It is a wonderful bedtime ritual or a way to pass the time before heading out the door for your busy day ahead. Even if children do not understand the words, the feeling of love and connection is transferred from parent to child. For many children, this is how they start to read simple words.
Another way for children to learn about letters and words is through television programming. Landmark shows such as Sesame Street have taught millions of children the basics they need to know before they enter school. Over the years, many other programs have tried to build upon the success of Sesame Street and create their own program for early learners.
Like many television stations, Nickelodeon has its own preschool lineup in the morning and early afternoon. Once the home of classic shows like Blue’s Clues and Dora the Explorer, it now has a new stable of characters to help children learn life lessons, as well as the alphabet, colors and numbers.
The newest program in the Nick Junior lineup is Wallykazam. It stars a little green monster named Wally Trollman. Along with his dragon friend named Norville, they go on assorted adventures while teaching children the sound of the day. As they explore, they use words that make the sound to reinforce the concept in each episode. Wally uses his “magic stick” to make words come alive. To increase children’s vocabulary, words that are used are not just simple ones, but more complex ones that will help expand a child’s verbal ability.
Wally has friends, of course. They are Gina Giant, Ogre Doug and Libby Light Sprite.
At times, Wally has some trouble from the other characters in the place where he lives. Their names are Bobgoblin and Stan of the Swamp.
Kids seem to adore Wally Trollman and his friends in the swamp. If your child is one of them, here are some ideas to create your very own Wallykazam costume for kids.
Wally is basically two colors-blue and brown. For the shirt, you can use any long sleeve blue tee shirt like this one.
For the vest, you can use the sweatshirt below and cut off the sleeves (it can be used again when the weather is not cold enough for a jacket, but you want to add another layer of warmth for your child). Draw on the “X” in Sharpie at the top and glue or sew on buttons to have it look just like Wally’s.
These brown sweatpants are the perfect color match for the sweatshirt. Not only will it keep your child warm, but they can also be worn after Halloween is over.
If your child is willing to wear it, this blue face makeup from Amazon will make him look just like Wally. This item is on sale and has free shipping, so there is no additional cost for you to purchase it.
These Wallykazam Halloween costume ideas will help your child become his favorite Nick Junior character this trick or treat season.
Featured image from Pixabay and altered by the author in Picmonkey.