We've been working on how to make a pirate hat after reading a number of fantastic pirate books. The latest pirate book we read is "Peter and the Pig" by Simon Grant and Jenny Cooper.
This story is so funny! Peter the pirate needs a parrot so he goes to a pet shop. Instead of a parrot, Peter ends up with a pig, a pooper-scooper and a rubber duck, among other things. Let's just say that the pet shop owner is one terrific sales person!
As the boys' imaginations were captivated, pirate play became the focus of the afternoon.
How to Make a Pirate Hat
Here's how we made some simple but very effective pirate hats.
Firstly, we cut out the pirate hat shape.
Secondly, we stuck on the skull and cross bones.
Thirdly, we stuck the headband to each side of the pirate hats.
Time to wear the pirate hats.
Armed with a couple of cutlasses, the pirates were ready to go.
Now, all the pirates needed were:
- a boat ... of which there happened to be one in the backyard. Hooray!
If you don't have a boat, however, a large box, a pile of cushions, an upside-down table, all work really well as a boat. All that is needed is some imagination.
- pirate food ... some salty sea biscuits
- pirate crew ... out came the soft toys wearing pirate hats
- pirate darts ... doesn't every pirate have darts? Hmmm ... maybe not.
But these particular pirates decided to make some out of plants just hanging over the top of the boat. Handy!
Creative! Dangerous? Not really ... thankfully!
- a pirate to guard the newly made pirate darts
I'm not sure if this pirate was abandoning ship or simply going for more supplies. I am sure, however, that these pirates had an absolutely wonderful day using their imaginations and sailing the seven seas in the backyard!
The imagination of childhood is brilliant!
You may also like to print this free pirate reading record:
This is a great way to record how many books your pirate has read. Simply colour in one window of the pirate ship each time a book is read.
You may also like these pirate stories: