ARRRRR, me hearties! How be ye? XD GREAT? That's AWESOME! (yes I have been watching MacDoesIt, and if you haven't been you need to: MacDoesIt) But back to the topic of today: pirates!
Okay so I was thinking about all these cool ideas for library events that I had, and then I was like... wait. I can't write blog posts about them because I'm not a librarian. But you know what? Screw not being a librarian! I'm a librarian in spirit! I love libraries so much. I've volunteered for so many events. I don't know anyone who likes the library more than me. And if I have ideas for events, just because I don't have a degree doesn't mean I can't share them with people. So today marks a new series of blog posts: How to do a _____ themed library event that will make everyone _(insert appropriated themed thing here)__. Because I'm tired of telling myself I can't do the things I love. Do you ever think about that? You have these dreams and then you stop yourself from actually doing them because you're not "qualified or good enough." SCREW THAT. Who cares if you aren't an Olympic skater? If you want to skate then do it. Who cares if you're allergic to dogs? If you love them then totally have a blog dedicated to them. Who cares if you're "too overweight," "not accomplished enough," not "not attractive enough," if you are passionate about something then by FLIPPITY FLOPPITY GO DO IT!
But anyways rant aside (I mean I am the Wranting Writer so I guess you should have expected it XD) LET'S GET INTO THE LIBRARY STOOF!
So how do you plan the perfect pirate party? Simple. I'm going to show you some crafts that will make your party pirate perfect.
First thing first, you need to set the scene!
Put on a pirate movie for your crew of little pirates. Some good recs are:
The Muppets Treasure Island
Veggie Tales Pirates
Scooby Do Pirates Ahoy
The Classic Treasure Island
Disney Pirate Fairy
You're choice of film is highly dependent on the age range your group will be. If you don't want to show a movie, my suggestion would be to play pirate themed music. Pirates of the Caribbean would be an awesome choice.
Pirate Name GENErator
Now the scene is set, we need to get some piratey names! Here's a pirate name generator. You can use a different one or even make your own if you want.
Nothing says I'm a fearsome pirate like an eyepatch. Here's what you'll need to make this craft
-Black craft paper cut into patch shapes
-white paper cut into skull designs
All the kid needs to do is have an adult measure around their head and cut the cord to the appropriate length. Then thread the cord through the holes, tie it to secure, and there you have it!
ARRRR. Captain Red Beard at your service! This craft is easy and a lot of fun!
-Colored craft paper
-glue or glue dots
I don't think I have to explain this one. It's very easy. Great for photos! When the kid is done have their parent snap a picture of their fearsome facial hair.
This one is also EXTREMELY easy.
What you'll need:
Just have the kids scoop some sand into their snack bag and add shaving cream. Then they close the bag and mix it together with their hands. Squishy awesome fun!
Sink the Ship
This one's really fun. You'll make or if you want you can contact me, and I'll make you a picture of ships with targets on them. Then you place the picture inside a plastic bin. You then have the kids shoot (with water guns) at the targets. They get ten shots. If they hit all the targets, they sink the ships, and they get a prize (chocolate coins would be great for this)
-A design with ships and targets
Pirate Treasure Hunt
So this one's the big one. But it should be worth it.
What you'll need to do
-get premade pirate maps made with coffee or tea if you don't know how to do this clickhere
write your clues on the side and have the map on the other side. Don't forget the big red X to mark the spot.
-hints to tell the kids where their individual key is. E.g. Your key is hidden inside the book where a pigeon isn't supposed to drive a bus. Split the hint into sections: A Your key is, B Hidden inside the book, etc.
-have the kids do crafts like the ones above, mark them on the map with a symbol e.g. a ship symbol for the Sink the Ship craft. For each craft they will get part of the hint that will tell them where their key is hidden.
-treasure boxes with locks on them. I suggest filling a box with candy, bracelets, rub off tattoos, ring pops, or other little small things)
So basically the kids will complete crafts to get parts of the hints and then when they've gotten the hints they'll go to the red X, which should probably be the room the event was held in and then they get to open their treasure chest. For this event to work, the parents will have to help them out. It's a little bit of a hard game, but it should be totally worth it.
Okay so writing this has made me very tired. I think I'm going to take a nap. If you decided to use any of my ideas (technically I stole some of them from other librarians but ya know) please let me know! I would love to hear from you. If you have any pirate ideas of your own, feel free to leave them in comments below.
Good-bye And Happy Sailing,
Is the crazy Wranting Writer and Lordess Lady of the blog b/c she says so.