Themed Weeks: Pirates

Our Pirate Themed Week

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I am really enjoying these themed weeks, planning our activities around a theme means we get much more done and have a focus for each day. This week’s theme was inspired by a toy hook I picked up for 20p on a charity stall in town.

pirate themed activitesPirates was always one of my favourite themes to do with my class, we would decorate the classroom and have a ship as our roleplay area. The theme would last a half term though so all of the effort would be worthwhile. In a week, building a huge ship isn’t especially practical so we just did some of the fun activities that the theme has to offer.

PIRATE HATS

I found a simple way to make pirate hats on the Twinkl website (I am just loving it right now!!). We used newspaper and within 30 seconds Little G was ready to go swashbuckling!

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We have done so many activities in our tuff spot and the gorgeous weather this week has meant we have had it out once again. This time we transformed it into a pirate island, putting sand in the middle and adding water around it for the ocean. While Little L was asleep we hid some pennies in the sand for her to find, she loves finding things, a detective in the making!

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I used to love doing this as a child and Little G loved it too, as she was rubbing each coin I was telling her which ones they were. She is really good with her numbers so picked it up quickly.

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BAKING

Ok so technically it isn’t baking this week, we were pushed for time so decided to decorate some digestives instead. I really need to replenish my food coloring supplies as we only had blue- so desert islands it was!

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TREASURE MAPS

This was messy and fun! Easy to do – everyone has teabags in the house don’t they? Once the paper was dry I let her decorate it with an X marks the spot, dashed lines to show the way and some trees (I helped out with the trees though!). Little L also had a go, she loves joining in with everything!

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READING

We only have a couple of pirate themed books in the house, mostly baby books really with ‘That’s not my pirate’ and a page dedicated to pirates in ‘Row row row your boat’. Little G’s favourite is Pirates Love Underpants!

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There was so much more I wanted to do this week but we just ran out of time! There is a lot of crossover with other themes though so we will be able to do more fun activities I found at another time!

Our next theme is going to be ‘Materials’, it will be in a couple of weeks as we are going to spread it over 2 weeks due to lots of day trips! 

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37 Comments

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    Everything mummy
    April 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Oh wow katy looks like you had a fun filled week I love that you set a theme such a good idea!

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      Katy
      April 29, 2015 at 9:30 am

      It is great Amy, just helps you plan ahead instead of whacking out junk modelling every day! haha!

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    Let kids be kids
    April 29, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Themed weeks are great, I love your outdoor pirate island, looks like fun. #Minicreations

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      Katy
      April 29, 2015 at 10:30 am

      Thanks lovely x

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    Sophie
    April 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Fantastic! I love that hook..so much fun! #minicreations x

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      Katy
      May 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

      It was a great week, so many things to do! x

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    kidGLloves
    May 5, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Lucas says – Arrrrr me Hearties – these are AWESOME!!! I love me a Pirate, I do!!!
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Haha thanks Lucas x

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    Mini Travellers
    May 6, 2015 at 7:43 am

    What a brilliant idea, you are so creative. Thanks for hosting such a fab new linky #kidscorner

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Thanks Karen, Twinkl is the creative one though 😉 x

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    Christine Kenny
    May 6, 2015 at 7:47 am

    Wow. What a great idea. I loved the Pirate Island, my kiddos would have a ball with this.

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:38 am

      It was so much fun! xx

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    Louise
    May 6, 2015 at 8:25 am

    I love your themed weeks Katy – this sounds like so much fun. Jessica is really into pirates at the moment so will have to give some of these activities a try with her – especially making the treasure map which I think she would love. I really must get myself a tuff spot as well! 🙂

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:37 am

      Yes you must, you would love it!! xx

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    MyLifeMyLove
    May 6, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Such fab ideas. I love the yummy biscuits. What a great idea to base it around a theme. x

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Thank you 🙂 xx

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    Lisa (mummascribbles)
    May 6, 2015 at 10:13 am

    Your kiddies are sooooo lucky to have a teacher mummy! I need to take some inspiration from you and have themed weekends! Such a fab idea and they look like they enjoyed it immensely 🙂 #kidscorner

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Themed weekends sound like a fab idea! Something I asked Nursery for was their weekly theme so I can link it to ours. So you could do the same and carry it on at the weekend xx

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    Kate
    May 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Great theme, my girls have been doing this at preschool and we made treasure maps at home but this has given me some more ideas!

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Ah great! Have fun! xxx

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    sammy From Mamma With Love
    May 6, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    Love this weeks activities! I am so making a pirate hat with Pops when she wakes from her nap now! xx

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:27 am

      Haha, hope you managed to make one 🙂 x

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    Carolyn
    May 6, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    How fun do all of these look, especially the pirate island! Great new linky, look forward to joining again! #kidscorner

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Thank you so much Carolyn x

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    Sarah Christie
    May 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Ah my two have always loved pirates it would have been a real winner in the Christie household, they would have had to have eye patches too x

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:22 am

      We have a patch somewhere in the house but it is lost in the pit that is their toy room haha! x

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    MudpieFridays
    May 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    Loving the idea of having a themed week and pirates is right up Monkey’s street. Sounds like you had lots of fund and what a wide range of different activities 🙂 How do you fit it all in? Thank you for hosting another great linky x #kidscorner

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:21 am

      I have not managed to fit it in this week but being ill I haven’t planned anything sadly. Having a rough ideas in my mind helps me get it all done though 🙂 x

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    Lisa@intotheglade
    May 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    It does look like it was a great week. Both of my girls still love pirates too! I think that’s why they live Cornwall so much. They do fire the imagination. Thank you for hosting this great linky lovely xx

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:20 am

      I cannot wait to take mine as far as Cornwall, I loved it there as a child. Just too far for us at the moment, we can just about get to Dorset x

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    Jenny
    May 7, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I love themed weeks, I’ve got a few planned to do, just need to make more of an effort to get organised. Love your pirate themed activities, they’re fab! 🙂 xx

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      Katy
      May 7, 2015 at 9:17 am

      I am not having a good week this week with being ill- throws everything out of the window doesn’t it?

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    May 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    This is a brilliant idea! Well done hun. I can’t wait to do more stuff like this with the girls and this is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing your ideas. #KidsCorner xxxx

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      Katy
      May 8, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Kat, Twinkl and Pinterest are fab for ideas x

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    Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops
    May 8, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Looks like a very fun and exciting week! And what a great idea I am totally going to pinch it! Hehe

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      Katy
      May 8, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Pinch away! xx

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