I then cut out a lid using thinner cardboard from a cereal box, so that it would bend easily to create a rounded top.
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
child central station says
I LOVE this idea :). I know my little ones would love to add some treasure chests to all of the forts they have been building!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh what a brilliant treasure chest/ sensory box. Brilliant. What else can I say? Just brilliant!
The book sounds really good fun too!
Thank you for linking to Kids Get Crafty 😉
Love this. We are very into pirates after reading the wonderful ‘Troll’ by Julia Donaldson. Love your inspiration to make stuff that is a current craze rather than buying more plastic, too.
Great idea~ G is in the “dump and fill” phase right now and she will love this little treasure box!
Isil Simsek says
What a beautiful treasure chest! Looks lovely!My daughter loves Sharatt’s books,we haven’t read this one yet. Must take note of it.
I would love it if you link up to my Book Sharing Monday tomorrow 🙂
Aimee from Classified: Mom says
What a fantastic idea- and great way to recycle as well! I will be doing this in the future 😉
Thanks for linking up with us at The Sunday Showcase!
Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree says
Any kid would love this treasure chest! Time to make one—our wooden one (jewelry box) is broken!
Toddler Approved says
awesome treasure chest!!
Thank you so much for this inspiration, we have just completed our treasure chest following your instructions. If I knew how to post a picture here I would!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Rachel T I haven’t heard of that and now I *need* it!! Thank you so much for pointing it out to me!
Alex can you upload it to my Facebook Page wall? I would LOVE to see it please?! Thank you for trying it out and for coming back to tell me. *big grin*
María Corcuera says
I love your blog, thank you for sharing your fantastic ideas. Greetings from my creative activities blog. http://tocreatemoments.blogspot.com/
Great idea and good explanation. I’m in the process. Pirates birthday party next week.