Pirates are a great theme for childhood play. There is a little history, plenty of adventure and make believe and best of all it appeals to both girls and boys. Here on the farm I’d say pirates is one of our more popular Activity Hour Crafts as the children enjoy both creating costumes and props and the games and activities that follow. Do check the link for how we incorporate both. Last week I explained in detail how to make Cutlasses and Eye patches for my #Trash2Treasure link up. This week I’m sharing how to make a treasure chest complete with treasure from everyday throw away items.
Treasure Chest & Treasure
What you’ll need:-
Flip lid Shoe Box or container
Double sided sticky tape
cardboard from old cereal boxes
Felt tips or marker pens or coloured paint
plastic egg boxes and / or chocolate tray inserts
old necklaces or bracelets
Paint a flip top shoe box black and leave to dry
Once dry unfold a bin bag and line the inside of the box leaving it loose to look like material and cut off any excess.
Place strips of double sided sticky tape around the edges of the box
Carefully lay the cut to size bin bag into the box making sure that all the edges are secured and the box move to one side
For the Treasure
Trace around the top of an egg cup on an old cereal box
Cut it out and even out your circle,
Wrap the circles in small scraps of tin foil
For extra decoration use a pencil to emboss skull and crossbones.
To make gems instead of coins use shiny wrapping paper or sweet wrappers such as quality street using sticky tape to hold them on.
Ferrero Roche Gems
Take out the lining tray from a ferrero roche plastic box
Cut out each indiviual cup
round off any sharp square edges
Egg Box Gems
You can use an old egg box similarly as done here by Larabee UK.
Place some double sided sticky tape on the inside of some of your coins to stick them around the edge of your box to decorate
We also drew a skull onto a piece of cereal box, cut it out and stuck it on the top.
Place the remaining treasure inside your chest.
A few Additions you could try
Try lining your box with silky material instead of a bin bag.
See what other throw away packaging might make good treasure.
Take your treasure chest and hide the treasure for your little pirates to find. We used the pirate ship play ground to hide our treasure.
For a smaller chest try using an egg box instead of a shoe box as Meals & Makes did.
A Vlog Tutorial on Making a Pirate Treasure Chest Filled with Treasure
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