A friend who also home schools noticed that I had been pinning nautical ideas on Pinterest lately. She borrowed some of the pins and told me about her nautical themed (end of the school year) party she was planning. I told her I am planning an exploration year, and she invited us to her "Ships at Sea" party. It was such a fun idea, and I loved it because it coincided with our coming school year.
The kids dressed up as pirates, a sailor, and a castaway.
The first game was an altered game of shuffleboard.
Before they got messy, we took a group shot. There were more pirates, castaways, a ship maid, a scientist, a coal worker, a clam, and one in her own lifeboat.
The craft included a piece of drift wood, twine, and glass to make a wind chime or something pretty to hang up in your window.
Next the kids had to search for buried treasure in the sand. They broke up into three ships and took turns frantically digging. They only had five seconds each turn.
The best part was the finale: a battle between two ships and their captains and crew. Of course, it was a water balloon battle.
And finally, there was lunch: Sonic ocean water,
and life boats, which were hot dogs (but I forgot to take a picture. You know what hot dogs look like.).
Before the the end of the party, the kids made journals with pictures from the day.
And now summer officially begins. Yay!