This is a sponsored conversation brought to you by Pirate’s Booty and Pirate School!. All opinions are my own.
Talk Like a Pirate Day is Coming Up on September 19!
To celebrate, I’ve teamed up with Pirate’s Booty to set sail on a day filled with adventure with my little buccaneers.
Have you tried Pirate’s Booty? It’s a certified gluten-free baked rice and corn puff snack that kids love.
It is a great way to bring adventure and imagination to our table every day!
I love that it is a healthier option for my kids. It is baked instead of fried and free from artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. It also has 0 grams trans-fat!
This week, I was lucky to catch up with David Engel, a family based entertainer who is currently celebrating 25 years of educating children across America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. David is known as “Billy Bones” for his role in Pirate School!, a solo comedy show he created to give children a chance to live out their dreams of high-seas adventure.
Professor Billy Bones teaches kids how to be good pirates with lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like Buccaneers. There are pets, cannon booms and skulls talk to keep little one’s entertained.
Though Pirate School! seeks to satisfy children’s curiosity about pirates, they also want to help children thrive in school. They offer two Arts in Education student matinees on STEM curricula and Character Education/Anti-Bully themes, promoting science curiosity and social courage across America.
Through the power of stories and the magic of adventure, kids learn the importance of pretend play.
This is so important in a digital world.
I’ve talked a lot about the issues we have with picky kids and food. When I caught up with Professor Billy Bones, I asked him if he had any suggestions for games or actives that parents can do with their children to encourage healthy eating. His advice was great.
It is important to dive right in….Monkey see, Monkey do. If you are eating adventurous, they will be eating adventurously.”
Ah. So maybe it is time to get out of those food rut’s I’m always talking about.
Billy Bones also suggested a little creativity might be in order.
He shared with me that one of his favorite things to do was to make a tray of mini-veggies topped with Pirate’s Booty in the shape of a volcanic isle. Add a cup of hummus at the top to resemble a pool of hot lava.
One thing I haven’t tried with Skye is getting creative with arranging food, so I will be giving this a try. I’ve always believed that pretend play was so important for kids – I just needed a pirate to remind me that this could carry over into food.
I also wanted to learn more about how the lessons in Pirate School helped to teach kids about physical health.
I learned that Pirate School harkens back to the great old thing called the outdoors. (You guys remember that, don’t you?) It promotes active, creative fun. And of course when they finish playing they swagger over to the table for a snack. Pirates booty gracing the table adds a lot to the excitement.
I wanted to know what Billy Bones’ favorite thing to do on Talk Like a Pirate Day was. Of course he replied Sleep.
What???! Wait a minute…he almost had me.
Pirate’s Booty and Pirate School! live to teach kids about creativity in play and to make sure that the kids of America have healthier options. His favorite thing to do on Talk Like a Pirate Day is educate children. (Professor Bones is NOT a fan of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives – I guess I’m kind of like a pirate in that way too?!)
To help you celebrate with your little ones, I thought I’d share a treasure of a recipe that harkens back to the Days of Plunder with sailors had to eat their fruit. Arrr you ready!?!?
Sweet & Salty Fruit Bowls for Talk Like a Pirate Day
- 1/2 cup pineapple peeled and chopped
- 1 mango peeled and chopped
- 2 kiwi peeled and chopped
- 1 fruit leather cut into thin strips
- 1 small bag Pirates Booty
- Combine pineapple, mango and kiwi in two small bowls. Add fruit leather and top with Pirate's Booty. Serve immediately.
- (You can make this ahead of time and just add the Pirate's Booty at the last minute.)
To Keep in Touch with Billy Bones and Pirate Related Topics, make sure you check out My Pirate School and Pirate Brands. For fun activities and to learn how to talk like a pirate, visit Pirate Brand’s Talk Like a Pirate Page.