Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Pirate Adventure with Poppins Book Nook

Welcome to the July edition of Poppins Book Nook! 

This month's theme was: Ye Old Pirates!

This month I had a book on hand that fit the theme perfectly which we hadn't read yet. I really have no idea where I got this book, but it has been a fun adventure. We read Uncle Pete's Pirate Adventure by Susannah Leigh. This is an Usborne Young Puzzle Adventures Book.

From the back cover, "When Mary receives a mysterious letter, she knows it can only be from one person-Uncle Pete the Pirate! Join Mary and her friend Zac on board Uncle Pete's pirate boat, as they set sail in search of his missing pirate crew." 

I love the way this book weaves a story while making it interactive for the children by including some sort of puzzle/maze activity on each page. We read the story and then answer the puzzle question, which could be finding something that was mentioned in the story portion or finding our way through the maze to help the characters out on their journey.

Here we had to figure out which was the island they were looking for, using clues from the story.

As this was our month of being more relaxed and not doing much school work, we didn't really do anything majorly "educational" with this month's theme. We went to the park and the children pretended a dirt hill was an island that they were climbing and finding the buried treasure.

(See the X marking the spot?)

Then I asked the children what they wanted to do. At their request I printed out some pirate-y coloring sheets and mazes. They spend the morning creating their own props and costumes for a play about a pirate and her crew going on an adventure to find the buried treasure. Unfortunately, though I have a few pictures of the prep time, I did not get any of the actual play. I am very disappointed about this.

Here is what they did.

Tabitha the Pirate, Amelia the Octopus (the octopus attacked the ship during the play), Hannah the Pirate with her Parrot/Bear, and Harold the fish (Mommy and Harold were both fish who were swimming by the boat, glub, glub. My fish even got caught for lunch.)

I found these mazes and the coloring sheet by searching Google.

I had downloaded a cute preschool learning pack from This Sweet Life earlier this month, in anticipation of using it with the younger children. Here are two of the pages from her free Ahoy Matey! Pirate Pack.





I also made them a Pirate Adventure Muffin Tin to go with the theme and their play.

They had Popcorn and Peaches for treasure.
An octodog guarding the treasure 
A Ketchup X to mark the spot
A carrot cut into a sword shape
Green tinted Ramen noodle seaweed
Toast and butter cut into a fish shape with Cheerio bubbles

Come and check out what the other Poppins Book Nook co-hosts have been up to this month. Then don't forget to link up your own posts! Lastly, enter the Pirate Plunder Giveaway below for your choice of Pirate books from Usborne.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for LearningEver After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate's Handbook (recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old) books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {http://enchantedhomeschoolingmom.org/disclosures/}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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Clip Art by Melon Headz


  1. I absolutely love the pirate muffin tin lunch! Looks like they had a lot of fun with this theme!

  2. My goodness - that snack tin is so cute! I love your food ideas. They are always cute and interesting. I think we might just go looking for this book. I have not yet seen it and it looks like a lot of fun. - Lori H

  3. I love the snack tin! What a great variety of fun and yummy treats!
    Thank you for helping to bring a spoonful of reading fun to the Poppins Book Nook this month!


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