Readapalooza 21: Pirates Past Noon

Welcome back to digital Readapalooza, our storytime for elementary-age kids. Today we’ll begin reading Mary Pope Osborne’s Pirates Past Noon. Enjoy the introduction to our story, then get into the pirate spirit by creating your own pirate hat and eye patch. Don’t forget to log your time for summer reading in Beanstack!

Make a Pirate Hat & Eye Patch

Supplies needed:


  • Newspaper or other large paper, 13 x 22 inches
  • glue or tape
  • markers or crayons (optional)

Eye patch:

  • pencil
  • paper, craft foam, or felt
  • string or yarn
  • scissors

Hat Step 1 & 2:

Fold sheet of paper in half hot dog style (lengthwise) and unfold.

Next, fold paper in half hamburger style (width).

paper with fold marks

Hat Step 3 & 4:

Fold top edge down until it lines up with the center fold on each half. It should have a triangle-like point on the top.

Next, fold up only one sheet along the bottom opening along the triangle. Flip the hat over and repeat on the other side. Tape or glue along edges where those folds meet on each side. Decorate as desired.

paper with fold marks

Eye patch Steps 1-3:

Lightly draw rough shape of eye patch on paper, foam or felt. Think of drawing a wide letter U with a top on it. Cut it out. Make a small slit on each side of the eye patch.

pirate eye patch

Eye patch Step 4 & 5:

Cut a piece of string long enough to wrap around your head and tie. Feed string through the slits in the eye patch. You are now ready to tie it on.

close-up of how to thread string through pirate eye patch

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Arion is a youth services specialist. She enjoys helping you figure out how to use your technology to achieve your goals. She can also come up with some pretty fun and creative crafts. When she's not crafting she likes to read juvenile and young adult fantasy fiction especially anything about dragons.