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Get your eye patches and read these two new picture books that I love – Captain Buckleboots and the Naughty Step and Pirate vs. Pirate. Then play a fun math game called Ahoy, Me Hearties, and you’ll be ready to pretend play pirates.
Enter to win the Ahoy, Me Hearties game while you’re here, too.
Pirate Versus Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match could also be known as Mean Mo vs. Bad Bart. The two fierce pirates battle it out to see who is the best pirate in the world but each contest ends in a tie. The final contest is who has the most treasure. You’ll be surprised at the unexpected turn of events and how it leads to pirate love!
One of our new favorite books is Captain Buckleboots on the Naughty Step by Mark Sperring. When Sam is naughty, he has to go to the naughty step. When he’s there all he can do is think – no books, no toys. One day, Captain Buckleboots and others join him on the naughty step. This charming tale ends with the group finding ways to say that they are sorry. JJ said, “The pirate was just doing what pirates do!” (Does he really have to say he’s sorry for that?)
Finally, another new excellent pirate books is Shiver Me Letters, A Pirate ABC by June Sobel. “R,” roars the captain as he sends his crew off to find the ABCs. You’ll read about their discoveries like, “They dug for doubloons and scooped up a D.” It’s fun, pirate-ish, and clever!
We’re having fun playing a new math game called Ahoy, Me Hearties, a Young Learners Game from Creative Toyshop. Preschool and older girl and boy pirates race around the island, filling their treasure chest with gold coins. The first pirate to fill up his or her treasure chest with ten gold coins wins! This cool pirate game encourages number recognition, counting, and first adding skills. (So far I’ve won a lot. Does that make me a bad mom? Or just a good pirate?)
Use the code SOUP until May 11, 2011 for 15% off all items in the Creative Toyshop store, excluding sale items.
Win a copy of Ahoy, Me Hearties by visiting Creative Toyshop and commenting below with other product you like to have. Giveaway ends 5/15/11.
Dress up like a pirate. Create your ship area – ocean, fish, sharks, boat. Read pirate books. Learn more pirate info on National Geographic. (You might want to get yourself The Guide to Pirate Parenting, too.) You might be interested to know that there is an International Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19. Oh, yeah. I knew you’d want to know that!
Gather your props – treasure chest, treasure, treasure map, telescope, pirate flag, plank, sword, pirate patch, shield, parrot, wooden leg, and anything else your pirate might need.
Have a sword fight. (We like to use cut up pool noodles.)
Go on a treasure hunt. (Watch for upcoming post on UKloo Treasure Hunt for Early Readers.)
Capture prisoners and make them walk the plank. (My personal childhood favorite and why my sister still harbors hatred towards me.)
Sing pirate songs, kid-appropriate of course.