Pirate week can be great fun for your imaginative preschoolers. Your little pirates can make a ship, hooks like Captain Hook, and pirate hats. Your class can go on a treasure hunt, read funny books about pirates, and dance to funny pirate songs.
My terrific TA (teaching assistant) made a great treasure map with an X to mark the spot. Your map will feature architecture unique to your school or center.
X Marks The Spot
I picked up this “treasure box” at a local thrift store for around $5. You can use a wooden cigar box. The “jewels” also came from thrift stores costume jewelry department. We put chocolate gold coins on top! Wow did our little pirates love it!
Those chocolate coins were a big hit! The next challenge is getting them to carry the coins back to the classroom to eat them.
A large appliance box can transform into a pirate ship with a little imagination, black paint and preschoolers! Use care with any box cutter you use. Keep razors and box cutters away from children!
Captain’s Hooks and Hats
We sent the hats and hooks home at the end of pirate week! Every pirate had their hats and hooks to play with all week. You will want to institute the rule that only hats, hooks, and pirates are allowed in the ship.
Pirate Songs and Books
Veggie Tales Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything This is a fun song with really funny lyrics.
How I Became A Pirate In this story your pirates will learn that pirates don’t read bedtime stories and don’t tuck you in, and won’t make you eat veggies! Fun stuff.
These wall decorations set the stage for this theme. Similar decorations can be purchased here.
This clown bean bag toss is drawn onto matting board.
This lion bean bag toss is also on matting board but this time its construction paper cut and glued on.
To make clown collars for everyone, start by cutting a hole in paper plates. Have the kids decorate them.
Once they are decorated cut across the width to open the circle so the kids can wear them like necklaces.
Popcorn and cotton candy are integral to the circus experience!
Start with light blue construction paper. Cut white paper to resemble paper bag. Use pinking shears to get zig zag top.
Have the kids glue the white bag to the blue paper, then glue the red strips onto their white bag. We used glue sticks.
Add crumpled pale yellow tissue paper to the top and you’ll almost smell the popcorn!
We had a post like this before but learning about how wind affects different materials is important and fun! So here we go again.
March is thought of as the windiest month of the year, at least in the north east. So take advantage as we get a few warmer days here and there and get the kids outside!
These are the materials you’ll need to make a kite.
Oops, you’ll also need two popsicle sticks. To cut out the kite shape use your FREE pattern at Printables!
Use glue to stick on the popsicle sticks, tape for the ribbon and string. Now go fly a kite!
Kites are readily available and fairly cheap in spring time.
These cool bags fill with air as kids run or ride. Get them here.
These Wind Bags are so much fun!
Look at the mess the Leprechaun left!
Four heart shamrock.
Green pepper shamrock stamps.
Bring the circus to your classroom!
Circus display sets the stage.
A circus tent can be purchased here
First kids color their clown necklace.
Then add pompoms. Cut across one side to fit on necks. Dont forget the face paint!
This happy clown is drawn on mat board. Fun bean bag toss.
This friendly lion is made on mat board. Fun bean bag toss.
Mix glue, shaving cream, & a drop of paint.
Fun fingerpaint activity.
The mixture dries fluffy like cotton candy.
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is March 2nd! Celebrate with stripes! This is a nice way to practice patterns. If you have extra stripes save them for an activity early next month. Try a laminated version of this in the math center.
Thing 1 and Thing 2 hand prints. First paint the palm white and the fingers blue, and print. Wash hands and come back to do the red. Paint the hands red, leaving a blank circle in the center and leave the ring fingers unpainted. The pinky and thumb become the arms. Teachers draw on the happy faces.
St. Patrick’s Day Cut out tons of hearts, not just green, and show the kids how to make their own shamrocks! There’s always a few who linger at the art table to make bunches of shamrocks.
Wind & Kites If you don’t want to truly fly your kites because of trees, put only about 5-6 feet of yarn on the kite. Use yarn rather than twine for fewer tangles too! Teachers demonstrate, then children take turns “flying” the kite. For this activity dollar stores kites will do.
How many breaths will it take to fill up a 6 foot plastic bag? These weather balloons are just as fun as kites. Tie one end closed or use with both ends open – you can see wind’s effects. Steve Spangler carries Wind Bags here.