Yo, ho, ho ya scurvy dogs! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is tomorrow, September 19th! To celebrate, the Sunday Storytime was everything pirates! We talked like pirates, read books about pirates, sang pirate sea shantys, and dressed up like pirates– eye patch and all! ARRR!!!!
Pirate Storytime Line-Up:
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon
A favorite book among children and pirates alike! It was also a great introduction into how to talk like a pirate. After the story was over I introduced a few phrases listed below and we practiced aloud as a group. All phrases and definitions were found and modified from Talk Like A Pirate.
Avast!– Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise.
Aye– “Why yes, I agree most heartly with everything you just said or did.”
Aye, aye!– “I’ll get right on that sir!”
Arrr!– Can mean, variously, “yes”, “I agree”, “I’m happy”, “My team is going to win it all”, “I enjoy reading this book”, and “That was a clever remark you or I just made”.
Jolly Roger– a pirate’s flag including white skull and crossbones over a black field
Seadog– old pirate or sailor
Thar she blows!– whale sighting
Yo, Ho, Ho!– cheerful exhortation to demand attention
Port Side Pirates by Debbie Harter, illustrated by Oscar Seaworthy
I thought I would try to sing a couple pirate sea shanties with the kids, but when I started to look a few up they were… er… not quite appropriate for storytime. Even this Disney version– yikes! But this book sung to the tune above work out extremely well.
Pirate Song (Sung to “This Old Man”) via Work of HeartThis old pirate, has a hat Where a skull and crossbones sat. With an Ar, Ar, Ar, and an Ay Matey! This old pirate sailed the sea. This old pirate had a patch Sailed the sea without a scratch. With an Ar, Ar, Ar and an Ay Matey! This old pirate sailed the sea.
Additonal Verses:This old pirate has a hook, uses it to hold a book. This old pirate has a map, keeps it handy in his lap. This old pirate has a bird, barely knows a single word. This old pirate has a ship, travels the world in a single trip. This old pirate looking for treasure, more than anyone can measure!
This flannel was so fun. It was stressful creating it at the last minute (Sunday morning), but it all came together in the end. All of these flannel pieces are my own except the ship. I used this ship template from Rovingfiddlehead Kid Lit.
Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer, illustrated by Leslie Lammle
For our last Pirate Storytime book, I read a new picture book with lovely illustrations about three siblings and their fantastic pre-bedtime pirate adventure.
Pirate Craft: EYE PATCHES AND PARROTS! ARRR!
I pre-made eyepatches for each storytimer to tie around their head after storytime and then they made their very own parrots to perch on their shoulders.
Materials used: Black foam sheets, black yarn, colored cardstock, feathers, glue, scissors, googly eyes, and tape.
For the eye patch, I used these instructions found on About.com as a general guideline. Since I wanted a slightly larger patch, I drew one free hand on the foam, cut it out, and then used that as a stencil for the remaining eye patches.
Cut out your patch/patches. After they are cut, carefully using scissors or an exacto knife, make small slits on each side.
Cut a piece of black yarn slightly bigger than the eye patch wearer’s head. For the storytime kids, I cut 16 in. strands.
Fit by placing the patch on the eye and then tying the ends to the back of the wearer’s head.
AVAST! Now… for the parrot!
…and feathers. Lots of feathers!
“Polly wanna cracker?”
Bend the tab on the line marked “A” and tape to child’s shoulder.
Weigh anchor and hoist the mizzen! It’s a pirate’s life for ME!