Gathering Activity: Pirate Spy Glasses
A mom made these ahead of time for each child using directions found here at DLTK.
The children added pirate and beach themed stickers to make it their own.
Circle Time: Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies
by Carolyn Crimi
This is by far one of my son's favorite books. It is full of pirates (who are not scary) and is also so very funny. The illustrations are fabulous, rich in detail that add to the story. It is also one of my favorite to read as well. There are lots of humorous parts that the children get, and even more humorous references that the adult literature loving reader will appreciate. It is a funny book about "fearsome" bunnies who are pirates. The leader of these bunny pirates is the very embarrassed father to a book loving son who prefers READING to doing normal pirate things. In the end, the son's vast knowledge gained from reading books saves the entire crew from certain disaster. The Captain decides that books are the best treasure of all! (A perfect theme for our very last Mommy and Me of the year)!
We sang lots of fun pirate songs and did finger plays that I found here on the Born Librarian Blog. They were so much fun! I highly recommend you check them out! The kids favorite was "One Eyed Jake!"
Snack: Sandcastle Cake and Pirate Boats
One of the moms has a wonderful Williams and Sonoma Pan that she used to make this awesome Sandcastle Cake.
Another mom, modified this adorable ship found on the blog Cooking With My Kid. These were a hit! (I see myself making a lot of these boats this summer for my kids).
Art: Treasure Chest
We purchased little mini treasure chests for each child to paint. They also got to place little sticker gems on their treasure chests. All of their older siblings wanted one too when they came home from school!
Games: Pin the Patch on the Pirate and Pirate Ring Toss
Pin the Patch on the Pirate: One of our artistic moms created this awesome pirate game. The children took turns pinning the patch on the pirate. (Special tip: use an airplane sleep mask as a blindfold)!
Pirate Ring Toss: The same mom had purchased this game for her children's birthday parties. Our Mommy and Me friends had a great time playing with it! Oriental Trading Post had them, but they are out of stock currently.
Today was our last class this year. We had a fun time trying to get pictures of our little class together! I will miss all of my little friends and their moms! Thanks for sharing this fun adventure! (We will be back in the fall with a new group of Mommies and friends)!