I always enjoy celebrating this fun day! Today, we celebrated with the stories How I became a Pirate by David Shannon and Pirate Pete's Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy. Both books were really cute and both the boys enjoyed them.
We learned some fun pirate lingo.
Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! - sound of unhappiness
Ahoy, Matey! - Hello, my friend!
Ahoy, me Hearties! - Hello, my friends!
Blimey! - exhortation of surprise
Blow me down! - expression of shock
Booty - treasure
Heave Ho - use some muscle & push it
Lad, lass or lassie - a younger person
Me - my
Savvy - do you understand/agree?
Ye - you
We made pirate hats, eye patches, spy glasses, and captain hook hand pieces out of construction paper, plastic cups, towel rolls, and aluminum foil.
Then, we made pirate boats with a free printable from Crayola out of card stock.
The boys created their own treasure maps from paper bags. This is a great way to practice directions, such as right, left, north, south, east, and west. We like to remember it as, never eat soggy waffles. A few years ago we learned this fun saying and have never forgotten it. It works!
We used a free printable pirate board game from ESL Games Plus to practice our math facts. Poppy cat practiced counting by counting steps while walking the plank. I used masking tape on the floor as the plank.
I created a sensory bin for Poppy Cat with rice dyed black, coins, beads, and some rocks. He had a great time playing and by the time he was through he looked like a true pirate. If you have made the colored rice before, you will find that your hands get powdery from the rice. Since our rice was dyed black he got powdery black hands and face. Adorable!
Poppy Cat completed several worksheets, puzzles, and clothes pin math activities using the pirate printables over at 2 Teaching Mommies. Check them out, they are awesome printables and free!
Finally, we made paper swords out of newspaper. Check out Alpha Mom for these instructions. This one is super fun and a great way to make something out of nothing. I love it!
I look forward to celebrating this day again next year. It was so much fun and a great way to learn.