Tuesday, July 31, 2012

we are the pirates who don't do anything

ander is now five years old.

that fact was the first thing on his mind when he woke up, followed closely by, "can i have some cake?"  we had purchased his cake the prior day at the store, a round one in two layers with chocolate cake and chocolate frosting and nothing else on it.  it fit his requirements perfectly.  diana was pleased that it did not involve mousse.

no, we did not have cake for breakfast, though it was tempting.  it was reserved for his party.  a pirate party of epic proportions.  ok, not quite epic, but it did involve some planning and achieved the intended results.  everyone, particularly the honored birthday boy, had a good time, and that's what i was going for.

now, one of the things that really irks me is searching for things on the internet and finding that the links only provide a hint of ideas, not the actual ideas themselves.  i am all for sharing content and not reinventing the wheel.  i am perfectly fine with offering up what i created and making it available to other parents who want something really useful really quickly because they, like me, waited until the last minute to pull it all together and want to use what's pretty much on hand at home and not have lots of preprinted prepackaged stuff with movie characters we don't know.  so if this is what you need, have at it, fellow parent!

i've summarized first.  if you are interested in the details of any participatory songs or activities, please make sure to read on (and on and on) until you come to the thing you most want to know.

background music:

participatory songs:
  • i've got a pirate on my head
  • a pirate ship  
 extras that make things more special:
  • name tags with sailing duty
  • costuming 
activities:
  • walk the plank
  • decorate a treasure chest
  • put the eye patch on the pirate
  • pirate lingo
  • riddle treasure hunt 
snacks:
i was considering a sort of rum punch for the mamas, but this was to be a family party, after all, and it was around lunchtime, for goodness' sake!

participatory song: i've got a pirate on my head
this is to be sung to the tune and in the style of "i've got a dinosaur on my head" by peter apel
(please note: i cannot take credit for the lyrics.  i don't know who came up with them.  i am grateful that they did, though, and that they were shared with my son and that he shared them with me.)

i've got a pirate on my head
he's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how he got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a pirate on my head.
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a shark on my head
he's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how he got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a shark and a pirate on my head.
chomp chomp!
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a fish on my head
he's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how he got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a fish and a shark and a pirate on my head.
(kissy noise)
chomp chomp!
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a parrot on my head
he's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how he got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a parrot and a fish and a shark and a pirate on my head.
squawk squawk!
(kissy noise)
chomp chomp!
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a treasure chest on my head
it's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how it got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a treasure chest and a parrot and a fish and a shark and a pirate on my head.
woo hoo!
squawk squawk!
(kissy noise)
chomp chomp!
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a pirate ship on my head
it's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how it got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a pirate ship and a treasure chest and a parrot and a fish and a shark and a pirate on my head.
land ahoy!
woo hoo!
squawk squawk!
(kissy noise)
chomp chomp!
aaaaaarrrrrrrrr!

i've got a pirate on my head
he's been there since i got out of bed
i don't know how he got there, or what i'm gonna do.
i've got a pirate...
i've got a pirate...
i've got a pirate...
on...my...head!!!!!!!!!!

participatory song: a pirate ship
this is to be sung to the tune in the style of "a ram sam sam"
(please note: i cannot take credit for the lyrics.  i don't know who came up with them.  i am grateful that they did, though, and that they were shared with my son and that he shared them with me.)

a pirate ship, a pirate ship
sailing on the ocean in a pirate ship
land ahoy, land ahoy
sailing on the ocean in a pirate ship

a patch on your eye, a patch on your eye
a parrot on your shoulder and a patch on your eye
dig for treasure, dig for treasure
a parrot on your shoulder and a patch on your eye

extras: name tags with sailing duty
this one came entirely from the mind of diana.

everyone got a name tag that identified their role on the good ship "bulldozer."  there was captain ander, first mate mommy, and quartermaster diana.  for our guests, she assigned the roles of sailing master, boatswain, carpenter, swabbie, and abs (able bodied sailor).

awesome!

extras: costuming
i had purchased a pirate costume at sweet potato pie for ander for last year's halloween and was glad it still fit him.

diana wore her sailor dress and steve's navy dixie cup.

they both have wooden swords (named scalliwag) purchased from a woodworker at last year's scottish games.  the swords were carefully stowed away before the party guests arrived.


activity: walk the plank
our living room coffee table is solid and sturdy and made of wood and is plenty used to being danced upon.  diana had the brilliant idea of laying our blue comforter down on the floor to pretend it was water.  the kids "walked the plank" and jumped into the ocean, complete with an amazing array of sea creature stuffed animals.

the big kids worked on their activities and ate their cake in the ocean.  the little ones played fishing games and "swam."


activity: decorate a treasure chest
when scrapbooking with diana at michael's a couple of months ago, i went crazy with their cricut machine and cut out all sorts of piratey things for ander's party (see, i did do some advance planning).  i never got around to finishing the invitations, but i did manage to cut enough little treasure chest boxes for all the kids out of a nice textured brown cardstock.  i hot-glued the parts together before the party.

since everyone has a different idea of treasure and what the chest should look like, i provided materials (star stickers, foam letter stickers, and some really awesome pirate skull cameo fancy doodads) and let them come up with their own decor.  ander is a minimalist (or perhaps a realist?) and did not put anything on his.  it looked fine just the way it was, thank you very much.

i did not provide any contents for the chests - each of these kids has plenty of little treasures at home and the chests were meant for them to use as their imagination saw fit.  yes, gold-foil-wrapped chocolate coins (as pieces of eight) would have been awesome, but that's been done already.  plus i didn't think of it in time to get them from world market.

activity: put the eye patch on the pirate 
actually, we didn't get around to this one, because the big kids went off to work on their LEGO games and the little kids went outside to play in the dirt with construction machines.

the idea, though, is based on pinning the tail on the donkey.   this version would involve a large picture of a pirate and trying to stick a paper eye patch on the correct spot on his face.  i suppose i could have expanded it and have the kids try different adornments, such as a parrot, peg leg, hook, mustache, earring, and other things i wonder if pirates really did have.  maybe we'll do this for talk like a pirate day.

activity: pirate lingo
i pulled words and phrases from a random unverified, yet amusing, source on the internet.  this was designed to entertain imaginative 8-and-9-year-old siblings and was not intended to provide an accurate, historical education about pirates.  the idea was to match vocabulary words and phrases in "piratespeak" to their american english translations.

Ahoy (just like saying - Hello, my friends)
Thar she blows! (whale sighting)
Heave Ho (give it some strength and muscle)
Buccaneer (a Pirate)
Swab the deck (to clean the deck)
Savvy? (did you understand me?)
Blow me down! (expression of shock, disbelief, strong emotion, surprise)
Shiver me timbers! (expression of shock, disbelief, strong emotion, surprise)
Dead men tell no tales (expression indicating to leave no survivors)
Sea-dog (an experienced sea-man)
Avast! (Hey!)
Aye (another way to say - "Yes!")
Lookout (someone posted to keep watch on the horizon for signs of land or other ships)
Shark bait (foes)
Grog (generally, any alcoholic drink Pirate's drink)
Grub (food)
Sail ho! (I see a ship!)
Shipshape (well organized, finished, under control...)
Booty (loot or treasure)
Jolly Roger (a Pirate's flag - one with a white skull and crossbones over black)
Yo-ho-ho (something Pirates tend to say, whether it actually means anything or not)
Fair winds! (goodbye, good luck!)


activity: riddle treasure hunt
this is what was the hardest for me.  everything i found in my late-night exhaustive search came up with things i could purchase or suggestions of how to come up with riddles.  what i really wanted were the riddles.  there was one single, solitary one i could use, it's the second one listed below, and i'm so glad my tired brain remembered to try the familyfun website.  they have really great, practical ideas.  the rest of the riddles are of my own invention and you are welcome to use them.  i printed them in a funky font and with a scroll outline in ms word.

each riddle had the last rhyming word left blank.  the kids (again, this was for the older siblings at the party) had to figure out the word to determine where they would search for the next clue.  i used inside and outside locations around our house.  the final clue led them to the treasure, ie. The Cake.   it was hilarious watching the kids scramble over each other to figure out the location and race to it.


Before he can hoist anchor and set wind to the sail,
He needs some directions.  They’ll be sent in the ____.
 
As any pirate ought to know,
This is where tomatoes ____.

Pirates sailed on their ships, yelling hardy-har-har.
Now people roll along the roads, comfy in a ___.

Looting can get dirty, so a pirate must rub-a-dub-dub.
If he’s especially grubby, he must bathe in the ___.

Pirates like to sing and dance a jig upon the floor.
When they want to keep a secret, they’ll whisper behind a ____.

Hearing of a pirate’s life, you may wonder if it’s a fable.
I’ll tell you though, I bet it’s true they can drink you under the _____.

When a pirate is tired, he can rest his head.
On a ship he’s got a hammock, but on land he gets a ___.

When a pirate wants to eat, there better be no shovin’
If you want to get some cake, better check in the ____.

ander said it was the best birthday party.  his friends sang "happy birthday" to him, he blew out candles, he ate cake, and he played with construction machines and space LEGOs.  he wants to do it again.  so we'll put candles in his slice of cake and diana and i will sing to him and we will play again.  every day should - and can - be this much fun, right?

there is a special place in my heart for the families who celebrated ander's birthday with us.  ander considers the little ones his friends.  diana considers the big ones hers.  and i consider the mamas mine.  our compatibility replenishes my spirit.  thanks to them for taking photos and videos, for giving such thoughtful gifts, and for being some of the reasons i am happyer at home. 

 
and for those of you who are wondering about the title of this post, it comes from the veggietales silly song of the same name.  we have the ultimate silly song countdown dvd and find all of the songs on it to be absolutely, utterly hilarious.



2 comments:

  1. Looks like you have it all spelled out for the next one who wants to do it. (and for Steve to feel a part of it) Bravo Dawn!

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  2. Wow! Looks like you had a great time -- wish I had been there. Great work, Sweetie!

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