Dress like a pirate with a pirates hat and eye patch, cut off a pair of old denim jeans to make pirate shorts, wear a bandana, make a belt with an old scarf and a buckle made from aluminium foil. Get the kids involved making their own sword from cardboard or empty paper towel rolls.
Ship. Now that the kids are suitably attired it is time to head outdoor and find your pirate ship. A little bit of imagination is required here. Use a cubby or a deck or play equipment. My son likes to pretend our raised wooden day bed is his pirate ship. Grab a broomstick for a paddle and an old sheet for a sail and your ship will be ready to sail the seven seas.
Pirate Games. Make a pirate obstacle course and walk the plank by sliding down a slide, jump through hoops and pretend they are the ships port holes, grab a bucket of water and a mop and get them mopping the decks (give them water and the kids will be entertained for ages).
Treasure hunt - hide some gold toy coins around the yard or in a sandpit for the kids to find.
Play the Pirate Game. When you shout out Ahoy Mateys! the kids run around, when you shout out scurvy they lie down, shout land ahoy and they run to the front, shark attack they run back to the safety of their pirate ship, scrub the deck and the kids pretend to do so.
Pirate Craft. Make spy glasses with a cardboard tube some sticky tape and paper. Get the kids busy designing their own treasure map. Give them some glue and some old magazines and let them create.
Pirate Food. Time to get creative again, cut their sandwiches into a circle and make a face on the bread, green lettuce hair, round cheese eyes, vegemite eye patch and moustache and red capsicum mouth.
Make blue(water) jelly and pop an orange slice on top to look like a boat. Eat outside in their pirate ship.
Etsy Kids Team Pirate Treasures
L-R Friendly Skull Mask, Pirate Doll, Dribble Bib, Sailboat Box and Skull Flask, Pirate Activity Set, Pirate Cake Toppers, Skull Headband.
Guest blog post by Mel
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