Pirate Party

Pirate Party

In celebration of International Talk Like a Pirate Day we had a Pirate Party!  This was for all ages but most kids were between 3 and 8.

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.

Pirate Name Tag


Then, we enjoyed some pirate themed snacks while I read a few poems out of this awesome book:

Shiver Me Timbers



I got the labels for the drinks from Poofy Cheeks.

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).

Pirate Party

Pirate Party

Pirate Party


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!


Fall & Apples Storytime -PreSchool

Fall & Apples Storytime -PreSchool

Our fall and winter storytime sessions have begun!  It was great to get a bit of a breather after the summer reading program but I definitely missed seeing the kids every Tuesday morning :)

The theme for storytime this week was Fall & Apples!

Opening Song is Rickety Tickety

Fall & Apples Picture Books

Bear Feels Sick
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman
(I absolutely LOVE using the Bear books by Karma Wilson in storytime)
Fletch and the Falling Leaves
Fletcher and The Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson, illus. by Tiphanie B
Big Red Apple
Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston, illus. by Judith Corwin
The Little Yellow LEaf
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger

Fall and Apples Songs & Rhymes

Brown Squirrel
source: Sunflower Storytime

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]

Leaves are Twirling, call & repeat
source: Sunflower Storytime

Leaves are twirling [leaves are twirling]
All around [all around]
They are falling very softly [they are falling very softly]
To the ground [to the ground]

Apple Roll
source: Storytime Katie

Five little apples in the bowl
One fell out and started to roll
It bumped the table and hit my feet
How many apples left to eat?
(count down)


I used this flannelboard for a couple different rhymes as well as just counting and spelling out the word “Apple”

I also printed out this free printable  (Life Cycle of an Apple) from Teachers Pay Teachers and did the activity sheet as our craft.

Other fun Fall & Apple storytimes!

Storytime Katie: Apples!
Sunflower Storytime: Fall Leaves Fall
Abby the Librarian: PreSchool Lab Changing Leaves
Surlalune Storytime: Fall, Leaves, Fall
Awesome Storytime: Fall Leaves
Falling Flannelboards: Storytime: Apples!

Pirate Party: Make a Pirate Name!

Pirate Party: Make a Pirate Name!

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 :)

Pirate PNGYours truly, Miss Swashbuckler :)




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

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