P is for Pirate – Dress Up Pirate Craft

The Girl has been “doing” Pirates at school – they have a big ocean and under the sea theme going over the coming weeks and all the children seem to be really enjoying it! Next week they get to dress up as Pirates, Mermaids or underwater creatures and they are all looking forward to it very much! We have been exploring lovely pirates books and had a fun little pirate craft to do (as part of their homework) – the kids got to dres up their own pirates using a basking “gingerbread man template”. A simple activity, that looks wonderful. You could make a set of these and string them up as pirate bunting, or stick them onto the front of cards a pirate party invites.

Pirate Books and Crafts for Girls and Boys

We also read some lovely pirate books.. here are some of our favourite:

pirate books for girls

US Readers 

UK Readers (affiliate links)

A great book all about a little Pirate girl Molly. The meany pirates capture Molly and try and hold her for ransom.. but little do they know who her mum and her auntie and her cousin and her granny and and and.. are… they are the fiercesome pirate ladies.  A great story for aspiring pirate girls. You see, you don’t have to be a boy to be a pirate.

This book went down VERY well when I read it to The Girls reception class.

pirate books for girls and boys

US Readers

UK Readers

(affiliate links)

A book written in prose, this tells the story of a little girl who is the only one in town to befriend the new temporary neighbours. The rest of the town are filled with prejudices and dislike for the neighbours, only to find that they are hardworking, kind and generous. A great moral to the story.

Both really great stories!

More Pirate books to check out

10 Little Pirates (US Readers, UK Readers)

The Night Pirates (US Readers, UK Readers) – girl pirates steal the front of the house!

Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (US Readers, UK Readers)

And here our Pirate Craft

This is super easy to set up – you will simply need some crafty bits and bobs – fabrics or coloured card, some glue (glue stick should work fine too), some gems if you have them, some foil for sorts… feathers would be great for hats or parrots…. wool for beards… see what you have and let your imagination run wild as you create your very own PIRATE! Harhar.

pirate crafts

pirate crafts for kidsAfter all our pirate girl books, The Girl, still decided on a big bearded boy pirate.. but that is just fine! Have a great piratey day!

LOTS more Pirate Crafts ideas here:

Easy Fondant Sheep

Oh my, we are sooooo looking forward to Spring! Yes, I know, Spring and Easter and everything that goes with it are still ages away. But that doesn’t stop us looking, right? We can still get excited about all the fluffy cuteness coming our way? Such as Bunny Crafts and Sheep Crafts? Right? AND it is The Year of the Sheep after all, which means as of 19th Feb, all Sheep Crafts are a free for all.

So. Here are some cute ideas for you – first up is this super easy Fondant Sheep – this cute little sheep is easy to make and would look great on Easter Cake or made from Marzipan “just because”! These in fact went on a Skylanders cake!!

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Easy Shaun the Sheep TP Roll CraftTP Roll Sheep (Shaun the Sheep)

Rocking Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Paper Plate Rocking Sheep

sheep-craft

Cotton Wool Lamb

TP Roll Sheep

TP Roll Sheep Craft

Brilliant! Who would have thought you could have so much fun with sheep!!! Woohoo!

Lovely Valentine’s Day Cards

Oh we do like this time of year.. yes, we fret not about the grey skies and dark afternoons.. but we head indoors and we get crafty.. with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I particularly love all the “lovely love” inspiration (how often can I get the word “love” into one sentence I wonder”).. but what I do like to remind people, is that you don’t have to make Heart or Love cards “just” for Valentine’s Day.. these are great at any time of the year – be it as thank you cards after Christmas or a Birthday, be it for an anniversary or just because.. there is ALWAYS a good reason for making a card for a loved one. Here are 5 Valentine’s Day Cards that fit the bill… be inspired…. have a go – Valentines Day Cards for Kids - printed hearts (3)Were Art meets Crafts – explore Styrofoam Printing and make LOTS of these. Especially good as thank you cards, as you can mass produce these!

Birch Tree Card Picture

Another Art come Craft project – here we are taught to create these wonderful water colour birch trees.. What a beautiful technique.

Valentines Card 1Have a go at Shaving Foam Marbling – such a fun activity and they look great as details on a card.

make-a-lantern-card-finished-in-the-dark1Valentine’s Day Lantern Silhouette cards – possibly the coolest cards going – super personal, gorgeous and lovely. A definite keepsake. Like the step by steps instructions that have you itching to have a go! Would make a fabulous anniversary card or wedding card too!

Valentines Cards pop up hearts (4) - CopyWonderful little pop up card. So cute and easy to make!

So.. hope this inspires you to have a go this Valentine’s Day.. or if it isn’t Valentine’s Day to have a go ANYWAY!! I am sure you know someone who would love a lovely surprise at any time of the year!