And that was their invitation to play, imagine and tell some pirate themed stories! They really enjoyed pushing the bead strings into the dough and out again to look at the pattern impression that they left behind. They used the pirates to explore the island, collect their treasures and bury it safe out of sight! Together we prompted some fun stories about who the pirates might be, gave them some funny names and imagined where they might have sailed from, why they were on the island and who they took the treasure from!
The next step for this play is to create some pirate themed blank books and encourage the children to do some drawings based on their play, accompanied by some emergent writing about the stories that they told. By acting out the stories first, using small world toys in a playful, creative way, children are much more invested in and excited by them and are more likely to want to complete the project as it seems much more real and fun for them!
Extend the play:
- Add plain books with black covers for encouraging them to draw and write their stories after the play has finished.
- Add a boat from junk materials and take the pirates on a journey.
- Make a treasure map together and introduce a geographical skill of following a map on a treasure hunt around the house and garden.
- Read lots of pirate stories, dress up in costumes and role play together.
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