Last weekend I was talking to the kids about the things they would like to do over the holidays when Corey mentioned he would like to have a different theme each week so he didn’t get bored. We discussed some potential themes for the week before eventually coming up with a plan. Their first theme was Pirates and Princesses.
Over the weekend I spent some time scouring Pinterest for some ideas of crafts could do. I checked that we had the supplies to complete them and also had a look to see if there were any activities locally that would fit in with our theme.
All in all our first week was pretty good, we managed to do lots of crafts and found two nearby attractions with a pirate theme.
Pirates and Princesses Activities
Our first activity was to make some treasure chests using these fab craft kits from Wilko. Unfortunately I managed to misread the instructions which left us with a slightly loose lid but despite this the kids had great fun putting them together.
Painting by Numbers
I found some colouring by numbers sheets on Pinterest that I printed out for them to complete while I made dinner/completed some cleaning.
Pirates and Princesses Plates
Another of our activities was to make some pirate and princess paper plates. I need to work on my flesh colour paint mixing but other than that we had great fun.
I had intended to bury some jewels and coins in the sandpit so we could play outside. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t on our side so we switched to plan B. I decided to incorporate a bit of science into the mix and added the coins to water, which I then froze.
We put the ice block into a larger container and let the ‘pirates’ try to free the treasure.
I picked up these fantastic mosaic pictures from Hobbycraft a few months ago ready for the holidays. Luckily they fit in perfectly with our theme for this week and the kids have great fun filling in the spaces with the coloured stickers.
Walking the Plank
This was a quick activity we did to pass the time until we were all ready to go out.
We put a line of cushions on the floor (the plank) and used a playmat as the water. I put together a selection of prompts and they each took it in turn to pick one.
Our prompts included balancing a cushion on your head, hopping along the plank and walking backwards.
Pirates and Princesses Events
We found a few local attractions that had some events on that fit in with our theme.
Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall
Our first visit was to Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall which was hosting the Fairytales and Fantasy exhibition with a focus on Peter Pan and Captain Hook. We had a lovely afternoon with some friends while escaping from the rain. The kids did some arts and crafts as well as some fantastic silly science based activities with an emphasis on crocodiles.
We also managed to spend a bit of time looking around the museum itself before heading home.
Mother Shiptons Cave, Knaresborough
We are also hoping to visit Mother Shiptons Cave in Knaresborough on Sunday as they have a Pirates and Mermaids theme running through the park with a treasure hunt for the kids to participate in. If the weather is in our favour I will be posting a full review of the day.
So that’s what we have been doing during Pirates and Princesses Week. Next week is all about Superheroes so check back to see what we’ve been doing.