Next I painted it using an emulsion paint tester pot (I use these for SO many craft/ DIY toy projects!) and left it to dry. Then I cut strips from gold card and added the details with UHU. I drew on the bolts with a permanent marker, stuffed the inside of the box with some shiny wrapping paper and then we went on a treasure hunt to find wonderful things to fill it with!
Sainsbury’s sells packets of plastic gold doubloons and silver goblets for about £1 each in the party section. We also added some Euros (always have loads of those left over from holidays!), some jewellery, scrunched up tin foil and gold ribbon.
And this is one of the books that has inspired all of this play in the first place. It’s called “Yo Ho Ho, A-Pirating We’ll Go!” by Umanski and Sharratt, and is set out with a rhyming poem on each page. We absolutely love this treasure box page and C is well on her way to memorising parts of it already.
We are playing with this a-plenty and we will be back with lots of ideas and games to share. Pirates are definitely here to stay and I have a feeling this blog will be full of them for the next couple of weeks at least!
This DIY toy is good for:
- creativity: promoting creative/ imaginative / role-play
- literacy: using a book/ story/ poem to inspire play experiences
- language: learning new vocabulary and using it in play
- knowledge of the world: pirates/ treasure/ chests/ locks/ keys/ boxes
- pshe: playing co-operatively
- maths: counting treasures/ sorting by variables