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Pirate handprints and paper plates

We managed to get outside and play today as no rain and hurricane force gales – yay!!!!

This afternoon after a good run round in the garden we made pirate handprints. If you read my blog regularly you will know I love handprints – anything can be made out of handprint with a bit of imagination and they are fantastic to keep and look back on.

This was a slightly trickier one as it involved painting the kids hands three different colours – if you have ever painted your hand you will know that it really tickles and you automatically want to close your hand, so this took the two of us, one holding kids hands and the other doing the painting!

We painted 3/4 of the palms a peachy skin colour (orange mixed with lots of white paint!), the 1/4 of the palm by the wrist red and the thumb red, and the rest of the fingers black.

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Once the handprints had dried, I added black stripes to the red bit to make a pirate bandanna, and an eye patch, eye and mouth.

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We used the left over peachy coloured paint to paint a paper plate. Again the top part was painted red and black as a bandana, and red and mouth added afterwards.

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What do you think mi hearties?

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Pirates: sponge sail boats

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Today we had a go at making some lovely little pirate boats from kitchen sponges. We had great fun and a good way of introducing some science to the kids by talking about floating and sinking and wind!

To make these you will need: scissors, duct tape (we used plain black but you could buy the funky stuff!), kitchen scourer sponges, lollypop sticks.

First of all, cut the two corners of the sponge to make a kind of house shape.

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You then need to make a little slit in the middle of the sponge (might be easier with a knife) the same width as the lolly stick. This is where the mast will go.

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Overlap two pieces of duct tape, and then turn it over and tape two more pieces onto the back, so no sticky bits are showing.

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Trim it so it is nice and neat. Cut a small slit at the top and bottom of the sail and thread it onto the lolly stick.

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Your ship is ready to sail!! We added a skull and crossbone sticker to make it piratey!

We filled up our big tub with water and added in some ‘treasure’ and sailed our pirate ships (yes, I know there is a car mat underneath, couldn’t find the tarpaulin!). We used a bicycle pump to create ‘wind’ to move them along and blew on them as well. We balanced treasure and the little men from a playset on them, and it held their weight pretty well. Every so often we had to squeeze the water out of the sponge but we had great fun! Of course, it descended into splashing and wave making, and both kids needed a change of clothes afterwards, but that’s what happens with two toddlers and a big tub of water!!

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