Check out the instructions below to learn how to make and use this cute pirate-themed felt storyboard for young children.
If you haven’t seen this idea yet – you’ve got to try it! Felt boards are great quiet activities for little ones. They engage imagination, inspire creativity, and are a fun tool for helping to develop language!
First, I’ll tell you a little about how to make this pirate-themed one, and then I’ll give you some ideas for how you can use them.
You Will Need:
- sharp scissors (material scissors are awesome for cutting felt)
- 1 large background piece of felt (can buy at a fabric store) approximately 1 metre long – light blue works well
- a large piece of light brown/tan/yellow felt for the island
- felt pieces/scraps in different colours
- hot glue gun (or white glue)
Steps to Make Pirate Felt Board
*Note If your child/children are young, you should cut out all the pieces. If your kids are older – you may want to let them create the pieces for this board.
Cut out a large island and glue it down. Make sure there’s enough room around the island so that there is some “water” left to play with too.
Create different locations for the island – we made 3 palm trees, a volcano, a cave, a pond with weeds, a treasure chest, and an X for x marks the spot!
Use your glue to keep some pieces intact – but don’t glue everything down! For example, we glued the eye on the sea monster, the masts onto the ships, and the lava onto the volcano.
You want to leave some things unglued so that your child can move everything around.
Onetime was able to do this with a little reminder that each pirate only needs 1 pair of pants! LOL
Here are some ideas for using the board – pick and choose depending on what you want to focus on with your child:
The best for toddlers! Just present the board on the floor and observe what they do! As they realize they can move things, you can:
Label the parts
Label what they’re looking at. ie.”That’s a compass – it helps you know which direction to go!”
Ask them questions
ie. “Do you know what that is called?”, “Why are the pirates over there?”, “Where is the treasure?
Tell a little story about what they’re doing
ie.”You put the pirates in the cave, are they hiding there or sleeping? Maybe they are tired because the sea monster was after them!
- Hide the treasure chest and let your child try and find it! With older kids, you can give them some clues and they get 3 tries to find the chest.
- Ask your child to hide the chest and you try to find it with 3 guesses.
- Have them give you clues to where it’s hiding.
- If you have a few children, give each one a pirate (or two). You can hide the treasure and have them place their pirate where they think the treasure is hidden. Whoever has the pirate closest to the treasure wins that round and gets to hide the treasure for the next round.
Story Telling: Good for preschoolers and up!
- Read a pirate story together. Use the storyboard to replay or retell the story together.
2. Play with the board together and make up a story as you go. Onetime put the pirates in the cave because they were “sleepy” and he marooned one pirate on an island.
We also had a “floating volcano” and sharks in the cove. Then, while the pirates were sleeping, another ship came and stole the treasure chest away! Lots of fun language-building!
Other Ways to Use the Felt Board:
- Math connections: Count the treasures (1), count the ships (2), count the palm trees (3), count the directions (4), count the pirates (5)!
- Name your pirates with silly names or family names!
- Talk about the 4 directions and how ships navigate.
When your child is tired of playing with the storyboard, you can always glue everything down and hang it up for a bedroom wall hanging!
Hope you give this a try sometime! How else could you use this board with your kiddos?
To find other awesome pirate activites check out our “Pirate Activities” Pinterest board!
Follow One Time Through’s board Pirate Art and Activities on Pinterest.