Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean

It's August and we're in the midst of the 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!

Read Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean, hunt for pirate gold, and have a tasty treat for National Pirate Day!

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 are some:
  • small to medium-sized rocks
  • yellow acrylic paint
  • glitter
  • paintbrushes

Making 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. Let the painted rocks dry.
Read Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean, hunt for pirate gold, and have a tasty treat for National Pirate Day!
These gold nuggets were painted by one of my preschool students.

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 MapPete 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!

Read Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean, hunt for pirate gold, and have a tasty treat for National Pirate Day!

🍎 Author: James Dean
🍎 Illustrator: James and Kimberly Dean
🍎 Date: March 7, 2017
🍎 Publisher: HarperFestival
🍎 Number of Pages: 24

Story Summary from Amazon

New York Times bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a fun, epic sea adventure with Captain Pete in Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map!  When Captain Pete discovers a treasure map, he and his crew are ready to set out and sail the seas to find the buried gold and jewels. But they weren’t expecting to find a giant sea monster along the way!
  

Searching for Gold

After the paint on the rocks has 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.

Read Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map by James Dean, hunt for pirate gold, and have a tasty treat for National Pirate Day!

Pirate Ship Snacks

Megan from Food and Whine came up with a creative pirate-themed 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!

Megan from Food and Whine came up with a creative pirate-themed snack.

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