Discovery Play Adventure Time Theme of the Week: Pirates
Mon Feb 4 through Sun Feb 9
Shiver me timbers! The pirates have discovered the treasure here at Paradise Park – you! Come stretch your imagination with us this week in Discovery Play as we find things to do with pirates –like “walk” the plank, bury some “treasure” and make up our own pirate names and play some pirate games! Don your best pirate attire and come pretend with us!
It’s actually Pirates & Mermaids all month long at the Park – come check out our Foam Factory Pirate Ship, too!
What is Adventure Time?
During our specially curated “Adventure Time,” a friendly Paradise Park Play Facilitator engages our young guests in celebrating the theme of the week. It takes place at regularly scheduled times all day long, every day of the week. The curriculum is custom-designed by professionals who have put heart and soul into creating an enriching educational hands-on experience that is so much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning. Our program is inspired by unit studies, sensory play and experiential learning philosophies.
This Week’s Activities:
Imagination-capturing storytelling followed by a unique interactive activity that connects to the story and provides great kinetic learning.
This week: Our friendly Play Facilitator will take youngsters through a kid-friendly story about pirates (we’ll choose between one of these two: Dora’s Pirate Adventure or How I Became A Pirate by Melinda Long). Then, we’ll connect the story to a lively interactive game that will stretch imaginations, and large motor skills! Our little pirates will choose a silly pirate name and then walk an imaginary plank! No worries, we don’t have sharks here at Paradise Park… only the small plastic ones in the Water Play area.
Children follow basic instructions to create their own art project that expands on the theme and encourages small motor skill development.
This week: The group will sail on over to the Art Studio in search of their awesome art project. During Adventure Time they’ll follow basic instructions (because that’s what pirates do so well, right?) and make their own “What Be Your Name, Matey” headband to add to their pirate attire. Later at the self-directed tables they can also decorate a cool pirate ship, make their very own treasure chest, and a “Jolly Roger” pirate flag! Remember, the great thing for parents about our Art Studio is that we have all the materials ready here for you! It’s all included in your Discovery Play admission.
Kids love to make their own creative treat to eat when it’s finished. The Cooking Station teaches children to try new foods, work together and learn measuring skills. And, it’s just plain fun!
This week: After all that work, the pirates will be getting hungry so our friendly Play Facilitator will lead them to the Cooking Station where they’ll bury some treasure in cookie dough to make their very own “Buried Treasure Treat” to eat after it bakes.
Here are some additional ideas to enjoy pretending and learning about pirates together at home!
Read books about pirates.
Reading a few good pirate books is a great way to set the stage for learning and fun. Here are a few pirate books to try: Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke, Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae, Night Pirates by Paul Harris, Pirate Vs. Pirate: The Terrific Tale of a Big, Blustery Maritime Match by Mary Quattlebaum, But… by Tim Hamilton.
Make a pirate eye patch.
Use black construction paper, felt or foam and attach yarn or elastic.
Create a sunken treasure bottle.
Recycle an empty plastic water bottle. A funnel helps get a bit of craft sand in the bottom. Drop in some craft beads, glitter, sequins, tiny shells or any other treasure you can find at home. Fill with water, add some blue food coloring for the final ocean touch!
Have a treasure hunt.
Make a treasure map of your home with your kids, then take turns hiding a “treasure” and finding it!