The promise of adventure, stacks of dubloons and plundered treasures, and the all-the-tack-you-can-eat buffet are possibly just a few of the reasons why the secret life of pirates is so fascinating to young kids. Role play is important to your young one, and it’s a risk-free part of how they discover and explore their own emotions, reactions, interactions and identity in different groups and scenarios. If you point your foam cutlass at your maties, make them walk the plank and plunge to the depths of a cushion on the living room floor, it’s okay – it’s just pretend! Two minutes later, the tables are turned, and your young captain is facing mutiny… It gives them a taste of how their actions affect others and themselves. And everyone is back to being best friends before you can say “you scurvy seadog!”
So dig out your best eye patches and ruffled shirts, and start planning the next pirate birthday party for your child with this free pirate party planner kit. Download, print and cut out skull and bones pirate hats, banners, cupcake flags and treasure map.This post is part of our series of birthday party ideas we hope you and your child will have fun with: how to easily make building activities a part of any themed birthday party. These party accessories are designed for grown-up hands to cut out. We know how eager young pirate captains are to help, but please always use caution and make sure they’re safe with scissors and other craft tools.