Be a sailor: make a boat!

be a sailor make a boat
B is all about the ocean right now, and with a trip to the seaside coming up in a few weeks she’s thinking about how she might like to be a sailor. So when a big cardboard box arrived in the house she knew just what she wanted to do ~ make a boat!

Be a sailor: make a boat

be a sailor make a boat
Oh, the delight of a big cardboard box, there for the making!

be a sailor make a boat
She started her boat by making portholes.

be a sailor make a boat
And added a tissue paper sail and a ship’s wheel cut from the base of a pizza board.

be a sailor make a boat

She painted inside and added sticky mosasic squares – she’s sailing in style!

be a sailor make a boat

She used acrylic paint ~ for good coverage and durability.

be a sailor make a boat

As any sea dog would tell you, if you want to be a sailor, you need some maps.

be a sailor make a boat

She made some strong tea and dipped her paper in to give it an aged look. Tearing the edges of the paper made it look old too. Then she left them to dry, laid flat on a wire baking rack, with a teatowel underneath to catch any drips.

be a sailor make a boat

Once dry, B and L added illustrations to their maps. This brought so much language and imagination into the play.

be a sailor make a boat

They added in their egg box treasure chest, and set sail.

More ideas to be a sailor

If you know a child who’d like to be a sailor – make a boat! You might like these toy boats that really float.

Or try this pirate map idea for storytelling.

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