Whilst travelling overseas recently to visit family, we had fun making our own ‘temporary’ toys out of recycled household items. This post is about a favourite ‘travel approved’ DIY toy: a pirate ship! Our 3 1/2 year old boy has been crazy about all things pirate-related lately, (turning every spare wooden spoon and spatula into magical, powerful, ‘piratey’ swords), and his little animal and figurine ‘friends’ needed a way to join in on the imaginary play action!
It was so quick and easy, and lasted extremely well for the 5 weeks we were away. Last year we had a blast with our Cereal Box City, Cereal Box City Dominoes and 3D Cereal Box City Construction Kit. And once again – cardboard cereal boxes, along with a little saved Christmas gift wrapping paper, were our recycled items of choice! My little helper’s favourite part of the pirate ship construction was carefully adding little ‘flags’ (cello-tape pieces and sticky backed ‘post it’ notes).
All we did was tape two boxes together to be the base of the ship, and stick roughly cut flags to a support secured to the base. It was quick. It was easy. It was certainly not the prettiest, best looking pirate ship in the world… but it did the trick! It was all that was needed for our young pirate captain to set sail with his little friends on adventure after adventure!
“Ahoy, me hearties!” … “More flags!” …
Without his regular toy collection, our son’s imagination seemed to have been given an extra boost. Also, being guests in someone else’s house (which is usually ‘child-free’), challenged us to come up with play ideas which would minimise the possibility for accidental ‘damage’, and keep our active little one occupied indoors in the mornings as we prepared to head out for the day, or during ‘rest time’ in the afternoon. The pirate ship fit the bill!
And just check out the passengers, sailors and fellow pirate mates…
What a wild bunch!!
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