Pirates, Pirates, and More Pirates!

It's August and we're in the midst of pirate season.  All over the country there are pirate festivals and celebrations.  Children enjoy dressing up as pirates, singing songs about pirates and playing pirate games this time of year.  Are you looking for a fun activity to try with your children and students?  Try painting rocks to make pirate gold and going on a treasure hunt!

Treasure Map

Painting Pirate Gold

Every pirate needs gold and one easy and fast way to get gold is to make it!  To make pirate gold, all you need is:
  • small to medium sized rocks
  • yellow acrylic paint
  • glitter
  • paintbrushes

Making the gold is easy.  There are only three steps:
  1. Paint the rocks yellow.
  2. Sprinkle glitter on the rocks while the paint is still wet.
  3. Don't touch!  Let the painted rocks dry.
Pirate Gold-- painted rocks

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map

While you are waiting for the paint to dry, how about reading a story?  One well loved pirate adventure is Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map (affiliate link to Amazon).  In Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map, Pete sets out to find some treasure.  Along the way he meets a monster and befriends him.  Together they learn an important lesson... treasure is no fun if you can't share it with your friends!

Book Cover

You can also watch Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map on YouTube here.  
Special thanks to StoryTimeWithMissBecky.

Searching for Gold

After the paint on the rocks have dried, have an adult hide them around the room, around the playground, in the backyard, or some other place.  Then have the children go on a treasure hunt.  They can work alone, in pairs, or in teams to find as many gold rocks as possible.  Once all of the rocks are found, hide them again.  Keep playing as time allows or until the children are ready for a snack.

Pirate Gold

Pirate Ship Snacks

Mmmmmm.  Everybody loves a good snack.  Megan from Food and Whine came up with a creative snack.  She made pirate ships out of orange wedges and pirate flags and floated them on top of blue Jello.  How adorable are they?  They would be the perfect snack to eat after a treasure hunt!

Courtesy of Food and Whine

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