Walk the Plank…It’s Our Last Week of Pirates!!

This will be our last week with pirates. We had a lot of fun with the theme but it’s time to move on to fresh new things!Our stories this weeks were: Pirate Pete’s Talk Like A Pirate by Kim Kennedy, Dirty Joe the Pirate by Bill Harley, and Roger the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist.

Our songs this week were:

If you’re a pirate and you know it

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish) If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish) If you’re a pirate and you know it, then you’ll hear the sea winds blowin.

If you’re a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish)

If you’re a pirate and you know it, walk the plank (stomp, stomp)…

If you’re a pirate and you know it, say ahoyAhoy! (with arm movement)…

4 Pirates- Finger puppet

4 Pirates heading out to sea

One stole all the captain’s gold

And now there are 3

3 pirates with not a lot to do

One was made to walk the plank

And now there are 2

2 Pirates having lots of fun

One took the first mate’s coins

And now there is 1

1 Pirate sitting in the sun

He decides to abandon ship

And now there are none.

Our activity this week was a treasure map adventure. We were given a small treasure chest so I filled the chest full of goodies and toys. I hid the chest somewhere int he library and I made a kid-friendly treasure map. I put obvious landmarks inside the library and I accompanied the kids on their treasure hunt. This activity, if you hold back from giving them the answer, can take up to 15 or 20 minutes. It’s a great game for helping them with problem solving and memory.

Our craft this week was a pirate captain’s hat. I folded all of the hats for the kids and I let them be in charge of decorating them. If you do not know how to fold a newspaper pirate hat a great website is: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Build-your-own-Newspaper-Hat/#step1 The will show you step by step with pictures and descriptions. What you will need it a full-page of the newspaper, tape, and decorating supplies.

Let the kids first color their already constructed hat. This will take some time because the hats are of a considerable size. After they color them it is time to size them. The hats are big enough to completely engulf some of the younger kid’s head and shoulders. What you will need to do is take two strips of tape. Tape the hat four inches from the edge and then put the hat on them and see where you need to place the other strip for the best fit. Now that the hat is sized to their head they can continue decorating. Add beads, buttons, sequence, glitter, or feathers. Find a combination that you like!

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