By Awnali Mills
This morning was all about the pirates. I love doing pirate storytimes. It’s fun to be wicked and order people to walk the plank. The books I chose were Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and Bubble Bath Pirates by Jarrett Krosoczka. Since the Long book is pretty long (ha!), I only did two books today.
We started out with a big stretch to work the kinks out, then I pulled a parrot out of my magic bag. The parrot helped us do a good pirate vocabulary lesson. Then, because pirates are sailors, and weather is important to sailors, we did our weather observation.
I read Pirates Don’t Change Diapers, having the children repeat the pirate choruses throughout the book. They thought it was pretty funny when the pirates ran out of diapers! After the book I had everyone stand up, and we sang “This is the way we swab the deck” to the tune of Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. After I did the first verse, I asked the kids what were some other things that pirates did. They said: cheat at cards, walk the plank, fall off the plank, eat crackers, and salute the captain. The eating crackers totally made me laugh, but eat crackers we did!
Next I did the flannel Pirate Wore a Red Patch. This is a flannel of a pirate with removable, different colored eye patches. If you have a small group, it’s nice to give everyone an eye patch and have them come up and put it on. But I had a large group, so I put all the patches on the board and had them yell out what color we were going to put on. Then we chanted, “Pirate wore a red patch, red patch, red patch. Pirate wore a red patch all day long!” This seemed to go over really well. The chant is simple enough that kids got it right away, and they were all chanting loudly and calling out the color they wanted.
Our next book was Bubble Bath Pirates. It’s a fairly short book, and since all kids take baths, they seemed pretty into the idea of playing pirates in the bathtub. Then, we did a song that I’ve put into storytime three times this session, Slippery Fish. Kids were doing really well with it this time, since they had become familiar with it.
Our last flannel was Five Pirates on a Treasure Chest.
Five pirates on a treasure chest, one jumped off and four are left.
Four pirates on a treasure chest, one slid off and three are left.
Three pirates on a treasure chest, one tumbled down and two are left.
Two pirates on a treasure chest, one blew away and one is left.
One pirate on a treasure chest, he climbed down and now there are none!
No pirates on a treasure chest! Yo ho ho and now it’s all MINE!
Kids always look aghast when I proclaim that it’s all mine and take and put it away. I laugh wickedly, and they always look at their mothers like, “Seriously? You aren’t going to make her share?” I love it!
For our last song, we rowed our boats gently, then discovered pirates were chasing us so we rowed quickly. Once we’d outrun the pirates, we rowed slowly because we were so tired.