My son's latest obsession- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I remember dressing up as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was little! Perhaps that's part of the reason (and the fact that I'm cheap!) that I just couldn't bring myself to paying so much for the expensive turtle costumes and accessories in stores. So here are some cheap and easy ideas of how to help your child transform into a ninja turtle!
Leonardo- blue bandana and 1 noodle cut in half. Leonardo's actual weapons are knifey sword things... I think's that's the actual name. :) Ok, maybe they're actually known as twin katanas. I found foam swords at target in their dollar section that looked good, however, as my 5 year old even observed- the foam swords break easily and aren't as good for actual playing. So we like the noodles since they hold up well as we've learned from past experience.
Rafael- red bandana and twin sai (forkey things). For Rafael's weapon, I just cut the fork shape out of a card board box and then wrapped it with silver duct tape on top and black duct tape on the bottom. I used 2 pieces of cardboard in each one to make it more sturdy.
(Here's a picture of the sai before I added the black duct tape)
Michelangelo- orange bandana and nunchucks. I got lucky and found these nunchucks at the dollar store. Before finding these dollar nunchucks, we used baby linking rings for our nunchucks. (You can spot them in my daughter's belt in the pictures below).
Donatello- purple bandana and bo staff (noodle with black duct tape).
Turtle shirts- I found the turtle shirts at kohls for about $6 each. (Target also had similar shirts). You could also get plain green t-shirts if you're looking for something a little cheaper.
In my browsing, I did see several turtle masks (ranging from cheap paper ones for a few dollars to plastic masks for $10) but I passed on them and went with bandanas instead. Not only were the bandanas cheaper and reusable, but they are far more comfortable for kids to wear and play in.
3 Happy Turtles :)