Pirate Fairies

Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy opened in cinemas in Ireland on Valentine's day, but courtesy of Disney, Lile, Sábha and I got to see it a week early. Lucky us! My girls love fairies and anything fairy related - so they were delighted to hear that we would be going to see a fairy movie in the cinema. They were very excited to be given their very own mini 3-D glasses when we arrived too and despite the fact that it was only their second time in the cinema and their first ever time seeing anything in 3-D they loved every minute of it.

The movie tells the tale of Zarina, a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy, who steals Pixie Hollow's all-important supply of blue fairy dust and brings it back to the pirates she has joined forces with. Tinkerbell and her friends pursue her and it becomes a race against time to get the Blue Pixie Dust back and return home.

The movie was well paced for little ones and kept them engaged throughout with plenty of swashbuckling and plot twists. I personally love that it is a sort of prequel to Peter Pan and as such introduces a few key characters from that movie. It was fun to learn more of their background -but I won't say too much on that in case it spoils it for you!

My girls really enjoyed the movie and have been playing at 'Pirate Fairies' ever since, which is really fun to witness. One afternoon they stole some bamboo place mats from a drawer in the kitchen and were using them as treasure maps, which I thought was very clever of them. They roll up really easily and don't rip, so they are perfect playthings for little ones. I decided to paint a 'map' on one of the mats as a surprise. I gave them one yesterday afternoon and it inspired two whole hours of Pirate fairy play!!

It really was the easiest, quickest thing I have ever to put together. If you would like to make one for your little Pirates or Pirate Fairies you will need:
  • A Bamboo Place Mat
  • Acrylic Paint (in various colours)
  • A paintbrush or two
All you need to do is paint a simple 'map' design on the mat. Copy our one, or have a look online for inspiration. It's that easy!

Note: I did toy with idea of painting a topcoat of spray adhesive or watered -down PVA glue on top to seal it - but so far it has weathered well... so I'm not sure if it needs it... yet!

Disclosure: I was invited by Disney to attend a screening of the movie, but I was not paid for my opinion on it :)


  1. What a brilliant idea! And those photos of your little pirates are just WAY too cute!!

    1. Thanks Emily! I can't really take the credit for the idea - that was all the girls, I just provided the map details :)

  2. Thanks for this, I have two girls here that will love it. We've only just started bringing them with great success. Your girls are just beautiful btw, like their mammy


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