Sunday, 12 May 2013

Making a pirate map, and some new pirate books

Like many children, Harry is fascinated by pirates at the moment. There are so many different crafts and activities that you can do on a pirate theme, and I decided to re-visit a craft that I remember loving as a child - making a pirate map.

We took a piece of plain white paper, and used a teabag dipped in a small bowl of water to paint on it to make it look old. When it was dry, I used a candle to burn around the edges of the paper. This makes it sound a lot easier than it was - it involved a lot of frantic blowing out of flames and a smoke filled kitchen. Harry's map also ended up with a somewhat larger hole than intended, after the paper continued to smoulder once blown out.

Then we decorated it with felt pens. I drew some things out for him to copy, we made mountains, beaches, trees, paths and of course an X marks the spot. Then we crumpled it up and flattened it out to make it look really battered. A truly authentic pirate treasure map!

Pirate treasure map

To continue the pirate theme, we've also been sent two brand new pirate picture books to read.

The first is Plunge into the Pirate Pool by Caryl Hart, published by Simon and Schuster. Albie loves going swimming, but this time when he dives in to the pool he finds himself in the middle of an underwater adventure when he boards a shark submarine and makes friends with the cheerful pirate crew. There is plenty of detail in the illustrations, giving lots to talk about as we read the story. Definitely a story that your little pirates will enjoy.

The second is Tim, Ted and the Pirates by Ian Whybrow and Russell Ayto, published by Harper Collins. This story is about Tim and his Ted, and the pirate adventure that they have while their teacher is reading them a story. The story is written in rhyme, and it was a real pleasure to read aloud. The pirates in this story are up to no good at all, and so Tim and Ted battle the bad pirates and save the treasure. Another pirate book which I can fully recommend.

Both of these stories particularly appealed to Harry because they are about what is happening in the child's imagination rather than what is really going on, and he is fascinated by that idea at the moment.

I'm sure that we'll be returning to the pirate theme. Harry is currently enjoying Jake and the Neverland Pirates on television (somewhat to my dismay, he's starting to speak American) and so he has requested that we make some gold doubloons next!

If you are looking for more pirate crafts you might like my pirate treasure chest and salt dough treasure to fill it with!

We were sent the two pirate books to review, Amazon links are affiliate.


  1. I can remember Mum once aging a piece of paper for me by setting fire to it all the way round then dropping it in the sink. Not much paper left after that.

  2. You're very creative! I'd've just taken the map into the garden & jumped on it a bit :)


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