|A storytime/craft program for ages 3-7 incorporating stories, poetry, music, and imaginary play|As Kids Enter: gave them hats & eye patches, have them browse pirate books while playing pirate songs (see info below)
Action Song: "If You’re a Pirate & You Know it" (below)
Read: Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting (A boy’s mom addresses her son’s concerns about pirate complications) or The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do by Ashley Spires (girl wants to play pirates with her friends but climbing the tree scares her)
Read (call & response chant/action): Pirate Treasure Hunt – Peck
Music: Played soundtrack of The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything while doing craft, track #2 for final parade. (Other songs used: Pirate Song -#2 on Big Big World (J730 HAR) ; Pirate Song #13 on The Cats Pajamas (J730 CATS); Pirate Song #5 on Happiness Cake (J730 ARNO) or Shake Your Pirate Booty (J730 PERR)
As kids leaving, gave handstamps and told them their “pirate names”:
Program 4/2017 Branchburg ages 2-4 (young group)
Read (call & response chant/action): Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck
Glove: Five Scurvy Pirates (below)
Read Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrette Krosoczk,
Action Song: "If You’re a Pirate & You Know it"
Read: Bathtime Piggy Wiggy by Christyan & Diane Fox (fold out book)
Played CD “Shake Your Pirate Booty” (730 Perry)while kids made pirate face craft.
(Alt books: I Love My Pirate Papa – Leuck, Alt songs: extended “Row Row Row Your Boat”, 5 little pirates – fingerplay or act out)
Lyrics: IF YOU'RE A PIRATE AND YOU KNOW IT If you're a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish) If you're a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish) If you're a pirate and you know it, Then you'll hear the sea winds blowin' If you're a pirate and you know it, swab the deck (swish, swish) 2. If you're a pirate and you know it, walk the plank… 3. If you're a pirate and you know it, say AHOY… 4. If you're a pirate and you know it, do all three…
Pirate Song (Sung to “This Old Man”) via Work of Heart This 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!
Row, row, row your boat (with variations) Row, row, row your boat -- Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily. Life is but a dream.
Row, row, row your boat -- Gently down the stream,
If you catch a jellyfish -- Wave your arms and scream.
Row, row, row your boat -- Gently round the lake,
Watch out for the crocodile -- And look out for the snake.
Row, row, row your boat -- Gently down the river,
If you see a polar bear -- Don't forget to shiver.
Row, row, row your boat -- Gently out to sea,
If you meet a big blue whaleAsk her home for tea.
5 Pirates on a Treasure Chest (Flannel Board or Glove Puppets)
Five pirates on a treasure chest -- One fell off and four are left.
Four pirates on a treasure chest -- One slid off and three are left.
Three pirates on a treasure chest -- One fell down and two are left.
Two pirates on a treasure chest -- One was pushed off and one is left.
One pirate on a treasure chest -- She climbed down and now there are none.
No pirates on a treasure chest! Yo ho ho and now it’s all MINE!
5 Scurvy Pirates
Five scurvy pirates standing on the shore.
One went on a search and then there were four.
Four scurvy pirates sailing out to see,
One went for a swim and then there were three.
Three scurvy pirates out on the ocean blue,
One walked the plank and then there were two.
Two scurvy pirates having tons of fun,
One went below the deck and then thre was one.
One scurvy pirate, tired and alone,
He turned the ship around and sailed for home.
Branchburg: Q-tips & black paint to make freckles. Idea from LouAnn Wright
“Repeat after me:
We’re going on a treasure hunt…can’t go over it…under it…got to go through it!”
Other fun titles: Pirates Love Underpants – Claire Freedman, Little Pirate – Sturges (younger), Pi-Rat – Maxine Ye (younger), Pirate Jamboree – Mark Teague, I Love My Pirate Papa – Laura Leuck (younger), The Friend Ship – Kat Yeh