Get Into the Spirit With Decorations
What child doesn’t like pirates? With a little imagination, you can turn part of your classroom (or home) into a Pirate’s Cove. Make a ship from large cardboard appliance boxes. Provide bandanas and felt eye patches for dress-up fun. Purchase or make some pirate flags to adorn the ship and the room’s walls along with some plastic fishing net. A treasure chest is a must for the pirate décor.
Searching for Pirate’s Treasure:
For sensory play, put clean sand (purchased or from the beach) into a sandbox or plastic bin. Mix in clear plastic beads (diamonds), plastic gold necklaces, and colorful faux gems inside the sand. Invite the children to use their hands or small plastic shovels to dig for treasure.
As a memory game, place 12 to 15 items (one for each child) like plastic rings, bracelets, hair ribbons, small pirate characters, eye patch, gold-foil chocolate coins, compass, bandana, pirate stickers, etc. on a tray. Cover it with a cloth. To play the game, remove the cloth and invite the children to study the tray for a couple minutes. Cover the treasure again. See how many items the kids remember seeing. You can double up on the jewelry using different colors. Perhaps each child in your group can take home one item as a memento of this game and theme unit.
Time to Walk the Plank Game:
Pirates are notorious with walking the plank on a pirate ship. Playing this game is good for building gross motor skills. Set out an 8-foot length of wood on the ground. Have the children in a line and set challenges for this game. First, have them walk across the plank without stepping off the board into the sea. Then, increase the difficulty like having the kids walk the plank sideways, hopping on one foot, or even backwards. Continue playing as long as there is interest.