DIY Pirate Themed Easter Egg Hunt and DIY Treat Cannons ~ Trendy Mom Reviews
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

DIY Pirate Themed Easter Egg Hunt and DIY Treat Cannons

In today's post, we'll share ideas for a Pirate Themed Easter Egg Hunt! We start with an Easter basket that contains a treasure map, share a few fun ideas to include in the egg hunt, and end with a color-your-own pirate ship that contains a treasure chest full of treasure in the form of golden eggs and gem eggs.  We then share two DIY Cannon Projects - a DIY Large Snack Cannon and DIY Mini Candy Cannon.  

Project The Pirate Themed Easter Egg Hunt Supplies
I listed the item numbers for the Easter egg hunt items that are from Oriental Trading so that it's easy for you to find the exact items if you search on their website. 
  • Toys
    • Color Your Own Pirate Ship Playhouse IN-13737718
    • Melissa & Doug Fish Bowl Knob Puzzle IN-13748354 
  • Supplies
    • Colorful Masking Tape Set IN-57/50160
    • 1 piece of paper to draw a treasure map
  • Eggs
    • Sea Creature Plastic Easter Eggs IN-13679754
    • Jumbo Diamond Plastic Easter Eggs IN-13680574
    • Metallic Golden Easter Eggs IN-37/701
    • Puppet-Filled Noah's Ark Plastic Easter Eggs IN-13764124
  • Snacks
    • 2 cases of Pirate's Booty
    • Jelly Belly Organic Fruit Snacks IN-13765159
    • Hershey’s® Spring Treats Mega Chocolate Candy Mix IN-/K1359
    • Haribo® Happy Hoppers Gummy Candy Fun Packs IN-13689205
Step 1 - Create a Treasure Map and X's to mark the location of treasure
Create a treasure map that gives clues for your child to follow. Personally, our son is still learning the difference between left and right, so we added an educational component to our Easter treasure hunt by using colorful X's to mark spots that he then needed to take 3 steps to the left or 3 steps to the right to find treasure. The dashes indicate the bottom of the X. For instance, there are eggs on the other side of the couch here which required him to take 3 steps to the right below.

Step 2 - Set up a Pirate Ship Playhouse
We used the trendy Color Your Own Pirate Ship Playhouse from Oriental Trading.  It's super easy to set up and is sure to help create a wonderful childhood memory! 

Step 3 - Stuff and hide Pirate Themed Eggs 
We have a few pirate themed eggs in our collection.  First, we stuffed there with our favorite snacks, including Jelly Belly Organic Fruit Snacks, Hershey’s® Spring Treats Mega Chocolate Candy Mix (including, Kit Kats, Cadbury Mini Eggs, Robin Eggs, and Reese's Eggs), and Haribo® Happy Hoppers Gummy Candy Fun Packs

We placed the Sea Creature Plastic Easter Eggs around the Pirate Ship Playhouse so that we could pretend that the pirate ship and sea creatures were swimming.  We also placed some of the Puppet-Filled Noah's Ark Plastic Easter Eggs around the pirate ship.

We filled a treasure chest basket with the Metallic Golden Easter Eggs and the Jumbo Diamond Plastic Easter Eggs. We also randomly hid some of these golden eggs and gem eggs throughout the house.

Finally, we created two different cannons - a mini candy cannon and a large snack cannon. These are easy DIY projects, but be sure to be very careful when you use them and to wear protective gear. Never leave children unsupervised with these cannons. Let me share the details.

Project: Large Snack Cannon (Sling shot style)

  • 1 concrete tube (This is made from cardboard. You will find these in the fencing section of most home improvement stores)
  • 1 exercise resistance band
  • 1 can of black spray paint
  • 1 paper plate
  • 1 roll of black masking tape
  • 1 roll of white masking tape
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 or more cases of Pirate's Booty to launch from the cannon

1. Drill two holes into the side of the cardboard tube. Drill two more holes directly across from the previous two.

2. Lace the resistance band through the holes and tie knots.

3. Paint the cardboard tube with the black spray paint and allow to dry. (We removed the resistance band before spray painting and then reinserted it after the paint dried.)

4. Cut the paper plate from one edge to the center and then form a cone that easily fits into the cardboard tube. Err on the side of it being slightly smaller in diameter so that it will fall out of the cannon easily.

5. Use the black masking tape on the edges of the cannon to make the edges look cleaner.

6. Create cardboard wheels and tape them to the side of the cannon.  

7. Fill the cannon with Pirate's Booty and then use the resistance band like a slingshot to launch the snacks! 

8. Be safe when using this cannon and never let children play with it. Here are some tips. Be sure that no one will be hit by anything that shoots out of the cannon, including the contents or the resistance band.  We have everyone wear protective gear and googles. We launch the snacks in the opposite direction of everyone and then let our children run to grab the snacks after the launch.  Only my husband and I operate the cannon; never children.  We are careful when launching items so that things do not fly too far and hit anything. We never pull too hard on the resistance band, since it could potentially rip or snap back. 

Project: Mini Candy Cannon
  • One paper towel roll
  • One roll of black masking tape
  • One piece of yellow card stock
  • One pipe cleaner

1. Cut the paper towel roll in half.

2. Wrap the paper towel roll in black masking tape.

3. Cut the yellow card stock into a rectangular shape as shown with two holes. Fold it into the paper towel roll so that it is easy to slide the card stock in and out.  (Later, you will use this to launch the candy.)

4. Wrap the pipe cleaner through the two holes and shape it into a handle.

5. Cut two wheels out of the yellow card stock and tape them to the side of the candy cannon.

6. Optionally, use some of the card stock to prop the cannon.

7. Fill with candy and then carefully enjoy it. Be sure to have your child wear safety goggles and to point the cannon away from people. Only use soft candies (i.e., no lollipops or anything that could hurt them) under your supervision when they use it.

Thanks to Oriental Trading and Pirate's Booty for providing supplies featured in this post.  

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