Peter Pan. Little boys who never grow up. Fairies. Pirates. Magic.
There is nothing in Peter Pan not to love. I mean, it’s not cool that pretty much all the grownups are pirates, but I can rest easy knowing that I only grew up as much as I had to, and I’m definitely not a pirate.
This story is timeless because it sparks the imaginations of young and old alike. It’s full of wonder and fun. And awesome things to learn about.
Peter Pan Activities
The boys (of course) adore Barrie’s tales of Pan. So it was important when we read it that we have some fun and awe-inspiring activities to go along with it. Here are a few of my favorites.
Research orphans in Edwardian England.
Study Native Americans and discuss the differences between real natives and the Indians in the book.
Do a pirate study and learn about real pirates throughout history.
A fun map activity is to consider this: the map of Neverland is different for every child because it is the map of that child’s mind. Have your children draw a map of their own Neverland.
You might not be able to study mermaids, but a cool historical fact is that Christopher Columbus and his crew mistook manatees for mermaids on their first voyage west. So study manatees. Because they’re very cool.
Humans can’t really fly without machines to help them along, but you could study flight and airplanes and other flying machines. Or you could study birds and discuss the reasons humans are unable to fly. Damn the solid bones.
Study shadows. Make shadow puppets on the wall. Check your shadows outside at different times of day.
Study crocodiles and/or newfoundland dogs or flamingos or wolves or lions.
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Croc Clock Puppet Template
- 2 sheets green card stock
- 1 sheet white card stock
- Paper lunch bag
- Brass brad
What you do:
- Print out crocodile templates on green card stock
- Print out clock templates on white card stock
- Cut out Crocodile pieces
Glue croc’s face onto folded bottom of paper bag, leaving eyes peaking up above the top
- Run a line of glue along the top end of right arm
- Pull up front of side fold and glue arm onto back of it
- Repeat on left side
- Run a line of glue on top side of right leg
- Pull up front of side fold and glue leg onto back of it
- Repeat on left side
- Cut out clock face and hands
- Run a line of glue along outer edge of clock face
- Glue clock face onto belly of crock just under muzzle
- Use scissors or exacto knife to cut a small slit in center circle of clock face, through face and bag, and on circular ends of hands
- Put brass brad through small hand
- Put brass brad through large hand
- Push brad through both clock and bag and reach into bag to secure into place
Isn’t he cute? I love him. Now your kids can chase you around with croc clock, so don’t be acting like Captain Hook.
If you didn’t catch the activities for January-September, check out:
- Winnie-the-Pooh’s Very Useful Pot
- Black Beauty’s Felt Childhood Meadow
- Little House on the Prairie’s Craft Stick Log Cabin
- Robinson Crusoe’s Island Journal
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s Craft Stick Characters
- The Wind in the Willows Summer/Winter Riverside Art Project
- To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley Knothole Tree
- Mary Poppins’ Mrs. Corry’s Gingerbread
- Lord of the Flies’ Tissue Paper Parachute
We’re almost done, y’all. 2 more months to go! Come back next week for some Treasure Island and Oliver Twist fun!