My son and his buddy made Handprint Pirates the other day- both boys love pirates. It is easier to make than it looks! I was inspired by a design I saw on the Making Learning Fun website.
How to make the Handprint Pirate
- First, get black red, and peach (any skin color) paint ready along with 3 different brushes.
- Paint thumb and bottom of the palm red- this will be the bandanna.
- Paint the middle of the palm with the paint you chose for the skin color.
- Paint all 4 fingers black and dab some black paint on the top of palm just above the fingers.
- At this point, I usually look and quickly repaint the areas again if they look like they are drying already.
- Firmly press down on to the middle of a piece of paper. I usually have my son count to 5 or 10 and then have him lift his hand up.
- Paint thumb white and press down to make an eye.
- Paint pinkie finger black and press down on top of the white thumbprint.
- Paint on white mouth.
- When it has finished drying, draw or paint on black stripes, an eye patch, and the details for the mouth.
I did a search for pirate skull clip art and printed it, as well as a couple more for the pirate ship snack you see below. I used the option to print as contact paper. Glue the skull on the bandanna.
I bought the boys Pirate-themed Watercolor Paint Books from Michael's.
Each page has it's own mini watercolors. These books are fun to take on the go. We used our smaller bug ones that I bought from Dollar Tree to take on our vacation.
For a snack, I made Pirate Ship Apples!
I printed skull clip art, cut them into a flag shapes, poked toothpicks through each one, and then stuck it in the apple. So simple, yet super fun!
More activities for Talk Like a Pirate Day besides the handprint pirate and pirate ship apple craft: