So, does your little one fancy himself a buccaneer, fascinated with all things pirate? Never fear! It’s probably just a phase, one that he’ll probably outgrow eventually. Fortunately for you, by embracing it, you may just find that it can be a fun time for you, too. Pirate toys can fire the imagination, books about them are intriguing, and pirate touches to a young boy’s bedroom decor can add fun touches in cheerful colors. Furthermore, there’s a bonus for those moms and dads who are education minded: there’s even a lot of learning that can be done around a pirate theme! Think (treasure) map reading skills, history, Caribbean geography, life at sea, and ship terminology.
ESSENTIALS FOR PLAYING PIRATE
Every pirate needs pieces of eight, a skull and crossbones bandana, an eye patch, and a treasure chest to store them in.
Melissa and Doug have designed this playset, so you know you can be sure of the quality. The bandana can double as a pirate flag, and there’ s even a secret compartment inside the chest, which has a skull shape clasp, with jeweled eyes.
There’s plenty to fire up a little one’s imagination with this cool stash of loot.
To really feel like a pirate, you just gotta dress like one. Like the above playset, this pirate dress up outfit is from Melissa and Doug. The four piece set includes a sleeved vest with pockets and a sewn on sash, an eye patch, a had and sword. Don’t worry, Mom… the sword is a soft one.
This particular set is sized for three to six year old kids, but if you need a bigger size costume, you’ll find those on Amazon, too.
Now, this is just plain fun!
Straight out of the Disney show, this pirate’s spyglass, with its ‘magic’ button will find Captain Hook for you. Press the button to spy on him, and to hear pirate phrases in Jake or Hook’s voice. There’s also a replica of Jake’s bandana, as well as an ‘official’ map of Neverland.
The talking spyglass operates on a pair of AAA batteries, which are actually included.
DECOR FOR A BUCCANEER’S BEDROOM
Turquoise Seas Night Light
Those turquoise seas of the Caribbean were once prowled by wooden sailing ships flying the skull and crossbones. The design by Bohemian Bound Product on this nightlight pays tribute to those times in a fanciful way, with a sailing ship afloat on turquoise seas, and peeking out from behind tropical foliage.
Chase away toe complete darkness of night time in a youngster’s room with the soft glow from a night light that will appeal to the adventurer in them.
Nap or bed time may get a little easier when that young one can look forward to snuggling under a comforter printed with symbols dear to the heart of the captain of a sailing ship. Pirates, ships, skulls, lighthouses, and more are strewn on a crisp white background. The accompanying sheets are just right in colors of the sea.
The five piece set is machine washable, and includes a comforter with matching sham, one flat and fitted sheet, along with a pillow case.
A Pirate's Life Floor Mat
Don’t forget the floor!
There will be plenty of color and lots of privateer flavor under those little feet with this Pirate’s Life floor mat. With bright graphics, they’ll be ready to wake up and hit the floor when you place this mat beside their bed. A ship, wheel, octopus, and shark are set against red and white nautical stripes.
Ideal for a kid’s room, this polyurethane foam mat, with a non skid back, wipes clean with a damp cloth.
Pirate Ship Personalized Throw Pillow
Looking for a cute accent piece that’s not only fun, but also personalized? This throw pillow may be just the ticket.
A cute cartoon pirate ship sails on turquoise waters, across which the name of your choice appears in old fashioned white lettering. Just fill in the blank with the name you want, and make it yours.
Available in your choice of four materials and two sizes.
MORE PIRATE FUN
The perfect book for pure pirate entertainment. It’s not factual, not historical, not scientific, but just fun.
In these pages, author Tom Lichtenheld attempts to answer all those silly things you’ve wondered about, like why all those guys who roam the seas on sailing ships seem to always wear striped shirts. Lichtenheld provides a host of silly explanations to all manner of things, each of which is sure to delight and entertain young readers. Rated for ages four to nine, it’s peppered with the author’s own illustrations and diagrams.
For something a lot more factual than the above offering, look to this paperback volume for ages five to eight or nine. Through easy to read text accompanied by colorful illustrations, learn the truth about piracy through the ages, the evolution of the Jolly Roger flag, buried treasure, and famous pirates – not all of whom were men.
It’s too bad that the original hardcover edition is out of print, but it’s still available in paperback.
Caribbean Pirate + Treasure Map 1660 Poster
It’s a little hard to envision the voyages of Caribbean pirates if you don’t have a clue about the geography of the Caribbean. This poster will help put it all together, is is especially appropriate for older kids who still have an interest in the subject.
The color reproduction of a 1660’s map represents what some swashbuckling sailors might have used to navigate the seas around the tropical islands between North and South America.
Ideal for the wall of a schoolroom, or for the den of a sea lover, too!
It can be difficult to find a quality jigsaw puzzle for younger puzzle solvers, but Mudpuppy can be counted on to get it right.
With just 25 pieces that are each large and sturdy enough for little hands to handle easily, this line of puzzles really fills the bill for those of about three to six years old. The colors are so bright and the design so engaging that development of motor skills and spacial relationship reasoning will be the last things from their minds. But, are side benefits of working puzzles that parents can certainly appreciate.
They may seem old school these days, but coloring books never seem to lose their appeal to youngsters.
This particular one is designed to have a special appeal to the child who likes pirates.
Twenty easy to color pictures of pirates, their ships, treasure chests, and more are printed on one side of the pages only. That way, parents and grandparents have ready to display art when the child is finished coloring each one.