Recently, we've been dressing up as pirates and reading pirate stories. This meant we needed to come up different pirate related items including a:
- Pirate's Parrot
- Pirate's Sword
- Pirate's Sword Holder and a
- Pirate's Hat
This is how we made our pirate costume.
We started with the Pirate's Parrot. After all, every pirate needs a parrot!
A Pirate Costume Needs a Parrot
1. Drew and cut out two parrot shapes so they could be stuck back to back and stuffed.
2. Decorated the outside of the parrot by pasting on coloured paper and feathers. (We covered the parrot pieces with contact to give it a bit more strength but this is optional).
3. Stuck the two pieces together using sticky tape. However, glue or a stapler would do just as well. Ensure that you leave an opening at the bottom to insert the paper stuffing inside the parrot.
4. Pasted on the parrot feet.
5. Stuffed the parrot with scraps of paper.
6. Added on a few extra feathers with a bit more tape.
7. Finally taped the parrot onto the pirates shoulder (or more specifically, the pirate's shirt).
We also made some pirate swords.
A Pirate's Costume Needs A Sword
These were simply pieces of cardboard cut to shape and then covered with tinfoil (aluminium foil) and sticky tape.
A great sword holder can simply be made out of a scarf tied around the pirate's waist.
How to Make A Pirate Hat
Simply cut out the two pieces - the front of the hat and the hat band. Once the hat has been decorated (coloured/painted/collaged), secure one end of the hat band to one edge of the hat. Measure the hat band around the pirate's head and secure the other end of the hat band to the other side of the hat.
Some face paint added the finally touches.
The result was some terrific looking pirates! I'm pleased to report these pirates were friendly ... most times, anyway! :o
Hint: A mirror is great when you're trying to see what you look like as a pirate!
As for stories for pirates to read ... there are a heap of them. Here are some pirate stories which we've enjoyed recently:
- Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs - Missing Treasure!
- Class Three All At Sea
- The Pirate and the Pig
If you're looking for a new reading chart to use with your children, you're welcome to download this Pirate Ship Reading Record Chart. This is a great way to acknowledge children's reading efforts and recording how many books they've read.