Pirate fun and crafts

Amongst other things, Jack loves pirates.

He can often be heard declaring “Ahaaa me parties” – yes he hasn’t quite grasped pirate speak!

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Some of his favourite books are about pirates – like the Skullabones books. He has a pirate ship bed, and I lovingly painted him a pirate treasure map onto his bedroom wall using a paint by number mural. Also, on a recent trip to Blooms garden centre, he had gone into The Works and demanded a £1.99 sword, so he could be a real pirate!

So one morning, before he started at nursery, we decided to have a pirate morning.

First of all we made a pirate eyepatch.

This was super easy.

We got a piece of white card and folded it in half.

Then we coloured it in black and I cut it into an eyepatch shape – careful not to cut the folded edge.

We didn’t have any black elastic, so we used some white elastic and coloured it in black with a fabric pen.

Then we stuck the two ends of the elastic together, hung the folded eyepatch over the elastic and then glued it in place.wpid-collage-2014-09-06-11_36_27.jpg.jpeg

After the eyepatch, we made our own bandana.

We used a cheap pillowcase to make this.

Firstly I cut it in half, then we made a swirly, scribbly pattern on it, using the fabric t-shirt pens that we had from an earlier activity.

Tied around his head, with his eyepatch and his plastic sword, he really did look the part!

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We didn’t stop there though.

We did one final activity – making a pirate ship, using a baker ross pack we had bought from Yellow Moon.

It was quite straight forward – although for a 3 year old, getting the pieces to stick in the right place was not as easy as it sounds.

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We had a great morning of pirate fun and it was nice to have some one on one time with Jack before nursery school started.

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