The imagination of children never ceases to amaze me. This has been brought home to me these past few weeks when we have been covering pirates as our theme at Activity Hour. Empower little ones with a homemade cardboard cutlass and eye patch and a whole pirate role play story unfolds in front of your eyes! I have to say if you are looking for inspiration for a home birthday party for 4 – 7 year olds our activities here will keep them fully occupied for a good 2 hours with a pirate tea, as it was we struggled to finish in an hour and a half.
I began by setting the scene as I have found it helps the children to have an overview of how the afternoon will run. They had a variety of pirate crafts to make from simple templates before going on a treasure hunt to find the hoard of treasure I showed them in my big treasure box. On one of the weeks there were so many girls we gave the option of pirate crafts or fairy crafts with everyone joining in the treasure hunt.
We have been unlucky with the weather on our Friday afternoons but thankfully the big tent means we can create in the dry. The children take so much time over their work, I hate to rush them but sometimes it is a job to fit everything in.
Those who finished first, usually the boys, drifted off out of the tent and enjoyed a little play ignoring the drizzle and calls from their parents to wear a coat. It was lovely to see the role play games emerge from such a simple craft and gave others time to catch up.
With cutlasses and eye patches or fairy crowns and wands all made we set about creating old style treasure maps with a red X to mark where their treasure would be hidden, we even used tea to make them authentic.
The buzz from the tent and outdoor play on periscope
By this time everyone was ready to have a good look at the treasure I briefly showed them earlier…. but the box was empty! We had secretly hidden the treasure while the children were making their maps and now they all had to study my treasure map to work out where it was hidden! Despite my poor drawing skills they soon spotted the big red X inside the pirate boat and Den building zone and rushed off to see if they could find it.
Treasure hunt on Periscope
The drizzle had eased and the children relished the run around time finding the treasure and stopping for a little play on the pirate boat too. Everyone received a sweet in return for finding my treasure and kept their crafts to carry on playing together.
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