April 27, 2012Welcome back to this week’s How To – where I made a Cardboard DIY Pirate Ship for the children! I like to layer my paper in different directions – you know how when you tear newspaper it one direction it tears really is easily, but not in the other? 7) Let dry again and add detail – I painted on some skull and cross bones and anchors. I’ve been dying to see this since the teaser (prior to covering in paper mache) and it is amazing! What a cute little pirate ship…my boys would have so much fun playing with one like that!
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Are you looking to make a great party favor gift for your child’s Pirate-Themed Party? Note: These cardboard pirate swords can bend easily during rough play or even accidentally bumping it into a wall. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. You may remember that we have been having plenty of fun with all things Pirate related recently, from the picture books we’ve been reading to the treasure chest that we made! The next logical step was to make a pirate treasure map and I have to say, I had so much fun with this!
Then I drew on an island shape and added some main geographical features and labelled them. Pirate Island Map: *Use the map as a prompt for starting your own stories about what might happen on the pirate island. My son and I started reading very short non-fiction stories from GenZ Read Together, a website that makes reading together an entertaining educational experience.
We also learned from the story that Spanish galleons followed a specific path as it picked up treasure and returned to Spain. To extend The Atocha story at home, I found a pirate ship craft and two books (a picture book and a chapter book) for kids who like pirates and treasure hunting.
Young Jeremy Jacob demonstrates how easy it is to be a successful pirate in this fun and funny picture book.
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I’m so glad that you enjoyed the post and will try out some of the ideas with your boys! I think The Atocha was one of the first GenZ stories I read with my son and then he got totally hooked on the stories.
I love that your kids are finding books on convincing parents to let them buy a pet hamster!
My girls have enjoyed reading about historical figures, but they don’t read a lot of non fiction, so this would be a good way to help them branch out a bit more from their favorite fiction writers. With the great success of Hollywood's Pirates of the Caribbean films and an endless fascination among children for anything having to do with pirates, there's plenty of demand for pirate birthday and celebration cakes.
A simple pirate ship is easy for any decorator to make and looks impressive when served on any occasion. If you'd like, you can embellish the cake further with pirate figurines, licorice, and mini marshmallows. You'll probably need several hours from start to finish to decorate the cake and put it all together.
Remove the cakes from the freezer and use your sharp, serrated knife to cut them in half, top to bottom, so that each cake forms two half-circles.


Stand the four cake layers up on the flat edges you just cut; the long, straight edges of the cake should be facing up. Scoop and spread buttercream frosting in between the cake layers with your flat spatula so that the layers will stick together. Use a butter knife to add texture to the frosting on the sides of the cake, giving it a striated effect to resemble wooden planks. If you'd like, you can finish the cake by setting the pirate figurines on top, lining the sides with pieces of red licorice and poking mini marshmallows into the sides of the cake to look like portholes.
Making a ship cake is a fun and easy way to celebrate a pirate theme birthday party, but if you're a more advanced decorator or have a special request to contend with, there are a handful of other cake types that fit the theme. A decorated pirate cake, whether simple or elaborate, is a great way to end a party with a pirate theme. I used some nail scissors (that I have especially for crafting) – as they have a nice round curve. The deck is quite fragile and is the part that probably benefits the most from the paper mache.
Well, I believe that if you criss cross your paper layers when paper maching, you get a stronger final construction.
Using colored construction paper or cardstock of your choosing, trace handle template design (2x’s). If you get a chance, please do share a photo of your project on the Hometown Betty Facebook page. What would be a superhero without his cape, a pirate without his hat and eyepatch and a witch without her witch hat? It reminded me of all the maps and fun props we used to make when we did this topic with our Reception aged children at school, and I’m now hankering for an imaginative play skull cave and palm tree beach like I once had in my classroom! I have included a photo of our watercolour art book so you can see the type of thing to look out for.
The next step was lots of fun for me (but best done outside and away from the impressionable eyes of children!) I used lit matches to burn around the edges of the papers, just allowing them to scorch a little before quickly blowing them out again.
I’ve included a picture book and a chapter book perfect for pirates or treasure hunters.
He joins the pirate ship of Captain Braid Beard and his crew but finds that pirate life, while fun, lacks the charms of home.
This easy chapter book has a larger font with text broken up with plenty of  full page illustrations and informative sidebars. We have not graduated to pirates just yet, except, of course, for their grandfather’s book, Captain Crossbones in the Treasure Hunt.
Each of us on the blog tour are giving away 3 subscriptions so there will be 15 winners in all! Right now they have a variety of books about animals (including one on how to convince your parents that you’re ready for a pet hamster), books about various presidents, and one book on costume design! They sound like they love a variety of non fiction and that is exactly what the site is all about.
My kids too tend to read more fiction so it’s been a wonderful experience to read the best non fiction stories fed to us via email.
Trace the outside of the plate by flipping it over and placing the paper on it so you also get the bottom of the plate. Making such a cake can seem intimidating, though, especially if you are only an amateur decorator. Once you master making the basic pirate cake with buttercream, try making a cake using fondant and gum paste. If you need to transport the cake somewhere, keep that in mind and make sure to decorate it on a stable, flat plate or platter that you'll be able to move later. If you'd like, you can use a pastry brush to brush the cake free of crumbs at this point so it will be easier to frost. To secure the cake to the platter, lay a dab of buttercream frosting on the platter and set the cake on top.


You want a generous layer of frosting, but not so much that it begins to drip off the cake. Write "Happy Birthday" on the sails or come up with a cute saying that fits the pirate theme. Then glue all the discs together with strong (!) glue and finally glue in place on the boat. I reckon it would be a really good pinata for a birthday party if it was built a bit bigger with a weakened section – what do you think?
I wouldn’t have thought of aluminum foil, but that is clearly a great idea for a shiny blade! I'm here to share creative DIY tutorials and merge a little travel and culture in my hometown and yours.
This book would appeal to boys who like facts mixed with a not-to0-scary mystery adventure. Once it’s cut, take and cut about 3 inch slits around it, starting with 4 slits, then 8. Luckily, there's a very simple and fun way to create a basic pirate ship cake that has an impressive presentation. Let the layers cool completely, and then transfer them to the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes so that they will firm up slightly.
Skewer three of the "flags" with each wooden skewer or dowel, and then stick the skewers or dowels into the top of the cake. The message could also be spelled out on the plank or across the side of the ship using fondant lettering that looks like seaweed. See what you can find at home and amend our DIY Pirate Ship How to, to suite what you have at home!
Near the middle I snipped the fabric, threaded through some string and with that tied the sail to the mast! The better the quality, the more we are expecting from them and valuing the outcome, in my opinion.
We had traveled to Barcelona two years ago, so I found a map to show him it was in Spain and south of Barcelona.
Once your paper is ready, take the bottom of the plate and cover with Sparkle Mod Podge (you don’t have to make it sparkle, that is my preference). Best to cut your two side panels and the back, tape it all together and then to cut your base and desk to fit your boat.
The idea is to have the parent read to the child and there are discussion questions that are interesting for each story. It was also fun to realize that the Florida Keys wasn’t always the swanky place it is today.
GenZ also sneaks in two vocab and a reading comprehension question that Dylan can earn points called Zoints for answering. Still, if I had to live somewhere during the Great Depression, the Florida Keys sounded pretty nice! Usually, the video takes the story a little deeper, or illustrates the story, or is just plain funny. For the invention of velcro story, the video was David Letterman’s famous Velcro Suit! We also got a lot of mileage out of telling him to brush his teeth or they would end up green like a pirate’s!
You need 2 A4 sheets of paper, craft paper 50×70 cm, white and red felt, white crepe paper, feathers, craft glue, brass fasteners, rubber band. We want to inspire you, to give you great ideas and to challenge you to make crafty things.



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