It Be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, Matey!

Yarr! Let yer wee scallywags imaginations run wild with some dressing up in yer backyard. And if piracy ain’t yer style, ye be sailing on yer Springfree Trampoline at yer own peril!

Whether a pirate party is on the horizon, or you need a little inspiration to wean kids off the electronics, it’s time to embrace your inner Captain Jack and dress up your Springfree Trampoline ‘pirate style!’ Afterall, September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Avast! Don’t forget to spy wit’ yer eye our ‘How To’ and Printables in this here beauty of a blog.  Arrrr! But first things first…

Summon Yer Mates

There are a couple of ways to beckon yer mateys to a pirate’s soiree! You can line the Pirate family up to walk the plank to yer backyard or spread the word with a treasure map invitation. Remember to mark the spot of your party location with an X.

Build Yer Springfree Pirate Ship 

Now yer gonna need to build yerself a pirate ship, matey! And there ain’t none better than a Springfree Trampoline.

So before you start decking out the trampoline in all things pirate, take this opportunity to clean the decks of your Springfree. One fun way to start this watery showdown is with a water fight! Arrr arr!

Springfree Trampoline recommends using their Springfree Trampoline Care Kit for swabbing the deck. It contains their Mighty Mat & Net Wash specifically formulated to ensure your mat stays in great condition. It’s easy to use, just apply a small amount in water and brush over the mat with a soft broom.

Alternatively, just follow these steps:

  • Grab a bucket of clean warm water
  • Mix in 2 tsp of dishwashing liquid
  • Gently work the soapy mixture using a soft bristled scrub brush over the area to be cleaned
  • When finished, rinse trampoline thoroughly with clean water

If you have a spider web build up on your trampoline net, we recommend using a soft bristle broom or brush.

But a word of warning to all ye bilge rats and boatswains: take care when the mat is wet and soapy, as it can be very slippery!

Create Yer Springfree Ship Structure

Here’s what you’ll need: ·

  • Masking Tape
  • Large Cardboard Boxes (flattened and cut) or Cardboard Sheets
  • Paint and Paint Brushes/Crayons/Markers
  • Optional Cardboard Tube (to be used as a telescope or canon)

The cardboard sheets will become the bow and stern of the ship. Cut it to shape by making one end of each sheet of cardboard come to a higher point.

Light weight cardboard works best if you are planning on gently tape it to the rods of your Springfree Trampoline. Whilst heavier cardboard can be used to sit around the trampoline rather than attaching or taping it.

Get creative with paint and crayons and be sure to capture the ocean and waves along the bottom of yer cardboard ship. Now that you have yer pirate ship structure built around yer trampoline, it’s time to add the pirate touches.

Make Portholes for Yer Springfree Pirate Ship

Any ship worth its salt needs portholes to look out of. You will need:

  • Paper Plates
  • Craft Glue
  • Paint/Paint Brush
  • Cellophane

Using the paper plates. Cut out the flat inner circle of the paper plates to create a hole. Each porthole will need two plates. Paint both sides of the plates. While the paint is drying, cut out your cellophane to size. This will need to fit over the hole in the plate. This will make the window part of the porthole. Simple sandwich the cellophane between the two plates and glue them together. Make sure the plates are both facing the same way so they hold the cellophane in place.

Also, Springfree has supplied a range of pirate printables to help ye along:

Decorate Yer Springfree Pirate Ship

Here you’ll find a huge hold of Pirate printables to decorate your ship with, including:

Simply print out each printable, color in, cut out and stick it to yer pirate ship!

Alrighty then, now before ye set sail on yer Springfree Pirate Ship, remember the three Pirate Commandments:

  • Every pirate ship and every scallywag pirate needs a proper pirate name!
  • A hidden treasure or message in a bottle is never too far from shore.
  • Any rowdy pirates will be forced to walk the plank.

And the most important rule of piracy be: Shiver Me Timbers! Be safe and have fun!