The Pirate Fairy on Blu-ray and Digital HD April 1), and a free Sunday afternoon, my wheels started spinning...
(left) C's attempt at a pirate face, Argh!!
We invited a couple friends to come over for an afternoon of high adventure. We corralled some pirate gear and our imaginations and hoped the weather would cooperate. Some nice, 60 degree (maybe 70 if we were really lucky), sunny weather was what I ordered, but instead it was in the 40s and little (er, a lot) chillier than we had planned. Still didn't impact our fun though.
Before Charlie's friends arrived, the two of us put together a list of items that we might see outside now that it is spring. I found images and made it into a "spring treasure map" (i.e.. scavenger hunt). The boys dressed up as pirates and we pretended we had just landed on an island where we had to spot the signs of spring found on our treasure maps.
I burned the edges of the maps to make them look old. Even though Charlie saw me do this, he asked at one point if the maps were really old treasure maps. I said of course. And he went running to tell his friends. I love that innocence.
^^C's pirate face is hysterical. So scary. Haha.^^
^^ can you spot the woodpecker?^^
^^we never did find a ladybug, guess it was too chilly!^^
^^we spied three nests on our walk^^
We celebrated finding (almost) all of their items with cupcakes back at our house. (Gold chocolate coins would have been a good idea too.) Like a boy-ish tea party. :) I purchased the cupcakes and added pirate toppers that I've had in the cupboard for years.
It was nice not to have to save themed costumes or cupcakes for a birthday party. It almost made it feel more special because it was for no other reason than to celebrate the arrival of spring with a couple friends. You can bet that I'll be creating new scavenger hunts for future seasonal nature hikes. Not every time, just when we all feel the itch to make the everyday just a little less typical.
Here is a link to a printable version of the map we made if you would like to use it with your own kiddos.