Saturday, October 3, 2015

Pirate Theme + Quiet Bins


These are the books we borrowed from the library this week. Our theme was PIRATES for a very special reason. On our way to our beach vacation we made a pit stop in Baltimore at Urban Pirates. If you are passing through that way, I highly recommend climbing aboard for one of their family adventure cruises. They dress you up like pirates (gift shop also available if you want to buy some supplies for your own dress-up collection) and then take you out on a one hour adventure through the inner harbor. They sing songs, play pirate games and even let you shoot water cannons at the "evil pirate" sailing by. At the end of the journey, once they've rescued the treasure, they are allowed to each pick two items from the treasure chest to keep. My kids had such an incredible experience, and we cannot wait to do it again sometime.

Quiet Bins

This was our second week implementing the quiet bin routine, and it is still going strong! Here is bin #1, which kept the pirate theme:

Inside was a book of pirate mazes, two Jake and the Neverland Pirate puzzles, two pages of Which One is Different (from Gift of Curiosity), placed in a plastic sheet and including a dry-erase crayon and eraser mitt, homemade playdoh and tools with playdoh mats (from CreKids) in plastic sheets, and a Race to the Treasure game (also from Gift of Curiosity) with a die and gold doubloons for game pieces.

In addition to the Fill the Treasure Chest playdoh mat shown above, the opposite side featured this pirate face page (also from CreKids).

And here is the non-themed quiet bin:

Inside it are our wikki stix binder, the geoboard with printed images for inspiration, a travel version of spin-art and a pom pom sorting activity with two types of tongs.

Did you miss our first post about quiet bins with a BEACH theme? Find that here!

Or, do you want to see our previous PIRATE theme from 2012? Check that out here!

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