Are you and your children still having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants? Last month we explored and created storybook activities around the topics of the Great Outdoors. This month’s new theme of Pirates is sure to get everyone ready to learn about and explore all things related to pirates!
Around here there are two great holidays: Groundhog Day and Christmas. Since we try to get together with family twice a year, July ends up being like Christmas, so what better way to tie in Christmas then with not one, but two great pirate storybooks that are themed to Christmas! I would love to share with you two of our family’s favorite pirate books: Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates. These two books are great for Christmas or to just read with a pirate accent.
Make Your Own Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament
To start off the pirate fun, I gathered the family around and we read the Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup to get back into the spirit of Christmas in a fun way, through the eyes of Captain Cookie himself. Since this character is so cute, it was only natural for me to come up with a fun craft and help you all make your own Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament!
To make your own Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament you will need the following supplies:
- Gingerbread Pirates Printable
- Peg Leg Toothpick (we used Coffee Stoppers that I save from my coffee drinks)
- Pipe Cleaner, White
- Felt in Brown, Red, and Green (We used Felties)
- Pom Pom, Small, Red
To make your very own Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament, start by cutting out your FREE Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament printable pieces (You can find out how do download the FREE printable below).
Then, use the Captain Cookie as a guide to cut out a piece of the Brown Felties. Carefully cut your Peg Leg Toothpick, or to be safer, use something less sharp like a coffee stopper, to your desired length. Once cut, carefully insert the peg leg between the Captain Cookie and the Felties. At this point also loop your ribbon to make the hanger. Once these are attached to the sticky part of the Felties, push the two sides together.
Next, cut out a shirt and pants from the red and green Felties. Then, make the shirt fringe by bending the white pipe cleaner in zig zaps. Once all of this is completed, glue your Captain Cookie together, making sure not to forget his Pom Pom nose, hat or sword.
Allow your Captain Cookie to dry and you can then have fun with your very own Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament! Have fun playing with him while you read the storybook Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup.
To download your own FREE Gingerbread Captain Cookie Ornament Printable simply click the link below:
Make Your Own DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick
To continue the Pirate learning fun, we read A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates. This is a very fun pirate themed version of the Twelve Days of Christmas. This is such a fun storybook that all the singing and fun inspired me to create a fun math craft. To bring pirates, Christmas and math all into one lesson I created this fun DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick. Since all children must learn about how to relate inches to feet and feet to yards and the first day of pirate Christmas has a Parrot in a Palm Tree. Because of this it was very easy to tie in a palm tree to Christmas and to help teach about the inches/feet/yards conversions.
To make your own DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick you will need the following supplies:
- Pool Noodle (we used an orange one)
- Brown Spray Paint
- Green Foam
- Blinking Christmas Lights Necklace
- Black Marker
- Tape Measure
- Strong Tape, brown (we used Duct Tape)
- Hot glue
To make your very own DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick, start by spray painting your pool noodle. Start with a little bit of spray paint on a small part first to make sure that your paint does not eat your pool noodle since some paints can destroy that type of material. Set it aside and allow it ample time to dry.
Next, make some palm leaf shapes out of green foam and carefully cut them out.
Once the leaf shapes are cut out, string your Christmas lights to one side of the leaves and use hot glue to secure them to the leaves.
Make as many leaves as you wish to cover the top of your palm tree, but remember to make it look like a palm tree by using the loop of the necklace to connect leaves together.
You might have to be creative in where you want the switches, but Elizabeth said we can hide them under the leaves. This also has the effect of pulling two leaves down so they did not look uniform and instead did look more natural. Use tape to secure the battery pack and necklace cord to the underside of leaves to secure them for use.
Once the leaves are all done and the palm tree pool noodle is done drying, attach the leaves to one end of the pool noodle palm tree by using hot glue. This will now be the top of the palm tree.
Then, measure from the bottom up, and make marks at every one inch. Then, at every six inches attached a ribbon of brown tape to make a graduated line. On one side of your mark write the feet as ½, 1, 1 ½, 2, 2 ½, and 3. Then, on the other side of your make write the inches as 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, and 36.
You should now have a fun DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick inspired by the storybook A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates, complete with Christmas lights!
Now your child or students can practice measuring things around them like their books.
Or maybe they will even have so much fun they measure your furniture for you, the sky is truly the limit as they practice their math skills with their new DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick! As you can see, our new measuring stick has been a fun addition to math lessons. Both Beck and Elizabeth have had fun turning on the Christmas lights and measuring whatever they can with their new DIY Christmas Palm Tree Measuring Stick.
Don’t forget to download the FREE Poppins Book Nook bookmarks and monthly printables! Click on the links to download the Lapbook Introduction Pack, Lapbook March 2014 Pack, Lapbook April 2014 Pack, Lapbook May 2014 Pack,Lapbook June 2014 Pack and Lapbook July 2014 Pack if you missed them.
Thank you for taking the time to read about our storybook fun with the storybooks Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup and A Pirate’s Twelve Days of Christmas by Philip Yates. Here are some other Pirate themed story books that your child may enjoy:
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Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate’s Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old) books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!
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What was your favorite Pirate storybook?
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