Pirate fun was our aim yesterday on International Talk Like a Pirate Day! I wanted to share how easy it is to quickly engage a child into a role-playing game with a few simple to make props and some imagination! We started our day off with a hearty call for breakfast with many ‘shiver me timbers’ and ‘bring me a hardtack biscuit Pirate Peakles!’
As Peakles became more engrossed in her pirate persona I took the opportunity for us both to become involved in some imaginative play. Whilst Peakles was upstairs deciding on a pirate clothes to wear I got to work! I used my tablet to take the photographs as there was not time to grab my camera – sometimes with role play you just have to ‘go with the flow’!
Here are my simple pirate ideas to create some great role-playing games and we even managed to get some mathematics in there too!!
Telescope and eye patch – a rolled piece of black paper (any will do) I used a glue stick and held it together with some hair bobbles. If you have no paper – a magazine or a kitchen roll inner will make a fine telescope too! The eye patch is made out of some black paper and is tied on with a loop of string around Peakles head. Not all Pirates have eye patches – so if you haven’t any string don’t worry – a scarf around the head, a hat at a jaunty angle or just hair tied in a pigtail will do!
We made a sword out of a simple cut out cardboard shape covered with silver foil.
For our pirate map I used a sheet of A4 yellow paper (first paper to hand) and a black marker pen. Draw your treasure island and then crunch up the paper into a tight ball, flatten out and do this again. Finally tear off a few of the corners to make it look really old! If you have more time you can dab with a damp used teabag to give a more aged look. No paper? Then use a sheet from a magazine or newspaper and draw your map on there – after all these pirates are crafty and would want to hide their treasure maps away from prying eyes!
Next I decided to have a treasure island to go with the map – as you can see it was made from a blue blanket on the floor with a yellow blanket on top – I took things from the map and added them to our island – such as the lego tree, the scary snake, egg box mountains and a black square for the pirates cave – (you could use a black sock!) The X was made from two strips of black paper but you could just draw an X on a piece of paper.
Finally Peakles had a cardboard box as a pirate ship (you could use a cushion or a coat instead) and went with her pirate toy friends to look for the pirate treasure!
Hidden under the X was some chocolate coins and some gold and silver craft beads. If you do not have anything like this then some small toys, boxes of raisins or even grapes wrapped in silver foil would be great pirate treasure too!
Peakles then managed to sort out some gold and silver ‘nuggets’ for her toys, which was a great mathematics sorting activity, but of course as captain kept the bulk of the treasure for herself.
This was quick and easy to set up and probably having fewer props meant we had to use our imaginations more! Peakles had a really low funny pirate voice and she was quite a tough pirate who made teddy walk the plank! But then she let Pirate Teddy look after all the gold so she was quite a nice pirate too!!
Peakles and I enjoyed this quick and easy role play game and the conversations we had about what pirates eat, what they wear, why they bury treasure and so on continued for a few hours after the props had been put away.
So with a few props and a little imagination you can create a wonderful world for your child. I must admit it was quite fun being Pirate Mummy! ARHHHHH!
We love weekends is about trying out new things with the family at weekends so why not try a pirate role play? For more ideas please follow some of the links below and if you have any child or parenting posts you would like to link up with then please link up!
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