Little ones love playing outdoors with these simple little pirate boats – and they can either be pirate boats or a general sail boat. Why not create them in various coloured pool noodles and see how fast they can shoot down a drain pipe from a tuff spot and stand into a tuff spot on the floor or a bucket. Whose is the fastest? Children love exploring with water and creating a small harbour of boats. Add pebbles and pirate figures or fisher men and fish to really engage them in the theme.
You will need:
- Pool Noodles – these can be bought from leisure centres with a swimming pool or on ebay/amazon.
- Straws – paper ones are more environmentally friendly
- Self adhesive foam sheets
Slice the pool noodle into 1.5 inch slices.
Add a hole through the centre for the straw
Cut sail shapes out of foam sheets and stick these to the straw – we used self adhesive foam and stuck a ‘front’ to the ‘back’ with the straw in the middle.
Attach a foam flag to the top of the bent straw.
Children can decorate the sails with foam stickers of their choice.
Set up your tuff spots with water and let the children sail their pirate boats and race them down an open drain pipe.
With thanks to Charlotte Parry for writing this blog post.
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