Summer in Seattle means SeaFair! Hydroplane races, the Blue Angels and, starting everything off, the landing of the SeaFair Pirates at Alki Beach! So many things to do and see…check out the schedule, mark out your best spot for viewing and enjoy!
Blow me down! We may be mostly landlubbers, but if your kidlet is still in the pirate mode from seeing the SeaFair Pirates you can channel that into PLAY! Of course I’ve got to recommend some books and this topic offers a booty!
READ: My favorites Tough Boris by Mem Fox, Edward and The Pirates by David McPhail, and Dirty Joe the Pirate by Bill Harley. I think kidlets (of all ages) love pirates-they marvel over their brash disregard for rules and naughtiness. Tough Boris and Edward and The Pirates in particular are great transforming these classic bad guys into seafarers with heart. Laddies with older sisters will especially relate in Dirty Joe the Pirate, a rib-tickling, funny story!
Dramatic Play: Play & Grow’s Rent the ToyChest has pirate costumes plus construction toys for your buccaneers to build their own Black Pearl. Rent our Custom Fort Builder by Fort Boards and follow these directions.
Gross Motor Skills: Challenge their balance by walking the plank!
1. Start by putting a strip of 3″painters tape down for them to walk on without
fear of falling into the drink.
2. Add a 2″x 4″ x 8′ piece of wood–letting rest on the floor or carpet.
3. Create you’re own balance beam! It can be as rudimentary as letting the
2″ x 4″ set on some bricks or it can be a bit fancier:
Family Game Night: Spend some quality time together, unplugged and unhurried, playing a game after dinner. (Board) games give you the perfect chance to talk, listen, and observe each other. Plus playing games gives your child many learning opportunities from–depending on the game– number/numeral, shape, letter, and color recognition
eye-hand coordination, and manual dexterity
to a variety of social skills such as turning taking/waiting and sharing. You can build on the balance theme, but in a different way by renting our Don’t Rock the Boat game.
Pirates and treasure go together…silver, doubloons, pieces of eight! Gather up your spare change and let your child sort it out by type. Count each type, compare–which one has the most? which one has the least? Are any equal in number?
Pennies x x x x x x
Nickels x x x
Dimes x x
Quarters x x x
Pennies have the most at 6. Dimes have the least at 2. Nickels and quarters have an equal number/amount at 3.
WOW! When I started this I had no idea I’d be putting so many ideas out there for a pirate theme–I’ve got more, but I need to get myself to the galley to make up some grub! So weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen matey–let’s let these seadogs get to playing!
Yours in Play!