First things first, I needed to be in my best pirate attire! I found all of these clothes in our kids dress up area…don’t judge (the boots are mine!)
We started out by figuring out what our pirate names were… We used the kid friendly pirate name maker I shared last week and I made our own nametags. There were a few fun ones including Captain Pearl, Sir Penny, and One-Eyed Sparrow! I was Miss Swashbuckler. I also shared some fun pirate phrases and words with them.
Then, we enjoyed some pirate themed snacks while I read a few poems out of this awesome book:
After reading we played Pirate Bingo! I just downloaded the game from Babaco and used coins as the markers. Each kid won at least one time. They got to pick a prize out of our treasure chest which was all leftover from the summer reading program.
Next it was time to really become pirates! We made pirate hooks, hats, and eye patches! The eye patches and hats were made out of black foam and then decorate with foam stars, feathers, and glitter glue. We used string to put them on. The hooks were made with red solo cups with a hole on the bottom and tinfoil wrapped around a couple pipe cleaners. You can download a template for the hat and eye patches HERE (will direct to a google drive link).
After they were done with their crafts it was time to play! I had a walk the plank and a ring toss set up for them, as well as an old poster turned photo booth! The ring toss was left over from our librarian’s carnival earlier this year.
I also, of course, had out a table of pirate books for check out.
Overall, this party was a huge success! The kids and parents alike seemed to enjoy themselves. It was also relatively easy to plan and prepare and did not cost a lot! If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to ask!
Brown squirrel, brown squirrel [Stand with hands in front of chest and bend knees twice] Swish your bushy tail. [Wiggle bottom] Wrinkle up your little nose, [Wrinkle or point to nose] Hold a nut between your toes. [Point to toes] Brown squirrel, brown squirrel [Stand with hands in front of chest and bend knees twice] Swish your bushy tail. [Wiggle bottom]
We have our pirate party coming up this Friday in celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept 19). As I was planning our party I kept finding fun pirate name generators- but I never found one that was really kid friendly…So I made my own! Feel free to use this in your own pirate adventures, just like Hafuboti already has! I wanted to share this early in case anyone else has pirate-y things planned this week!
Click the image for a PDF version of the Pirate Name Generator or HERE for the google doc link :)
so I keep seeing stuff on pinterest for www.picmonkey.com and I decided to check it out myself today! I am pretty pleased with the results– this was a web application that was very easy to use! I will definitely be using it for promotional materials and for making things things to share on our facebook page (which is what I did with this image). It is completely free so go check it out