Preschool Pirate Theme

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Songs & Fingerplays

Pirates - sung to "This Old Man"

This pirate
Has a hat
Where a skull and crossbones sat.
With an Ar,Ar,Ar,
And an Aye Matey!
This pirate sailed 0n the sea.
This pirate
with a patch
sailed the sea without a scratch!
With an Ar,Ar,Ar,
And an Aye Matey!
This pirate sailed on the sea.

5 Little Pirates - sung to "5 Little Ducks"

Five little pirates went out one day
Over the seas and far away.
The captain said, "Yo, Ho, Ho, Ho!"
But only four little pirates came home

Four little pirates....
Three little pirates....
Two little pirates....
One litle pirate.....

Sad old captain went out one day
Over the seas and far away.
Sad old captain said, "Yo, Ho, Ho!!!!"
And five little pirates came right back home.

Arts & Crafts

Hand Hooks

Make hooks for hands by taking a Styrofoam cup. Draw a hook on cardboard, cut it out and insert it in the bottom of the cup. The kids then insert their hand and it looks like a Pirate's Hook Hand.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Eye Patches

Make eye patches out of black foam and elastic bands.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Buccaneer Hats - For 12 hats

1 pkg. or 12 sheets 20x30 inch black tissue paper
12 marabou feathers
12 gold seals

For each hat, fold a sheet of tissue into a 20x15 inch rectangle. Now fold the rectangle into a 10x15 inch rec., with the major fold at the top. Fold the corners of each top side down 7 inches and crease. There should be about a 1-inch space at the top. Fold bottom on each side up 1-1/2 inches. Crease. Fold up 1-1/2 inches again and crease. Turn hat over and repeat on the other side. Staple hat together at edges. On the right side of the hat, slightly off center, staple a feather behind the cuff or brim. Stick a gold seal over the staple.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pirate Boats

Make little pirate boats out of a 1/2 a walnut shell. Insert Plasticine in the bottom Then attach a toothpick with a little paper sail. You can have pirate ship races.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

Treasure Hunt - sensory table

Like a scavenger hunt only for a list of things to find for the very young children, you could use pictures instead.

~Submitted by Carol in MD

Pirate Game

Swashbuckling Bread sticks We can have a sword fight with bread sticks the object is to break down your opponent's bread stick, without damaging their own, or as little as possible. When one player's bread stick becomes so short that he or she can no longer use it, the player surrenders the stub and is forced to "walk the plank."

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Pirate Scavenger Hunt

We hide the items in the area beforehand then the kids are given a list of what to find.

1 skull & cross bones (I make them out of white fun foam)
1 Jolly Roger Flag
4 golden doubloons (chocolate gold covered coins)
1 bottle of rum (I use those little liqueur chocolate bottles)
3 jewels ( I use different coloured beads, red for rubies, green for emeralds and so on)
1 gold earring
2 parrot feathers
1 eye patch
1 treasure map
1 shell from Oak Island

Give the kids an allotted time to find as many items on the list.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


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