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Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft

2012-06-04 by Zina Harrington
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This really “cool” pirate themed activity for summer fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador, Zina Harrington, of Let’s Lasso the Moon!

Ahoy Matey! Your little buccaneer will get into summer fun with a splash, when they have their own DIY backyard pirate adventure with these really cool Frozen Pirate Ships.

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Required Supplies:

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Additional optional supplies:

Instructions for Your Backyard Pirate Adventure! (Click here for printable instructions):

1. Collect a variety of plastic containers (your pirate ship shapes). Have your child help look for different shapes, sizes and depths.

2. Grab a straw (your mast) and bend it to a 90-degree angle. Show your child how to place the short end of the straw on the floor of the pirate ship. Use a single strip of tape to secure the plastic mast in an upright position.

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

Let your child experiment with the supplies. There is no designated blueprint for a pirate ship. My ladies added colorful plastic beads into the hull for decoration. Another one of our pirate ships had a lovely ribbon for pulling the vessel in the water.

Let your child’s creativity run free!

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

3. Fill the hull with water and freeze. Ensure your pirate ship is frozen solid before moving forward. (Pop on over to Pinterest for a variety of additional pirate activities to keep your little one happy while they wait.)

4. Next it’s time to prepare the sail. Cut a medium sized triangle sail out of construction paper or card stock. Punch a hole at the top and bottom of each sail.

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

5. Run the bottom of each pirate ship under warm water and gently pull it out of the plastic container. Slip the paper sail onto the straw mast and set sail!

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

When your pirate ship melts, throw some sunken treasure into the water!

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

My kids enjoyed bobbing up and down searching for the gems and loot included with the Maritime Mates Undersea Treasure Hunt Pool Toy (below). (You can also use metal doubloons, pool sinkers or other waterproof objects–just be sure they’re a safe size for younger kids and, of course, waterproof!)

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

We’d love to see photos of the pirate ships your children create; tag us on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtags #TakeBackChildhood, #CountlessWaysToPlay and #MelissaAndDoug!

PS: Find treasure hunt activities, pirate printables, other fun pirate activities, rainy day activities and more for your little swashbucklers on the Melissa & Doug Blog!

*Click here for your FREE Frozen Pirate Ships instruction sheet!*

Backyard Pirate Adventure: Frozen Pirate Ships Craft *Get free printable instructions of how to make Frozen Pirate Ships for your DIY Backyard Pirate Adventure on the Melissa & Doug Blog.

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Zina Harrington

Zina is the author of Let’s Lasso the Moon and Becoming UnBusy, where she inspires parents and children to interact creatively and enjoy the beauty of everyday moments. Facebook | Pinterest | Blog | Instagram

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