Pirate’s treasure chest in just a minute

Okay. Maybe it took more than a minute. Probably about 30 minutes, but the pressure was on to do it fast. I had flintlocks and other piratey weapons pointed at me to keep the mind focused. It’s a tough life being the mother of a shipful of pirates.

Using nothing but cardboard boxes, sticky tape, rescued christmas paper and one of those twiddly metal things that keep paper together…. oh and a bit of glue…. a treasure chest was made. Working padlock and all. Even the empty reel of the sticky tape came in useful. The pirates were happy.

Every treasure chest needs treasure. The pirates set to work acquiring precious jewelery and gold coins. Medals were found and treasure maps made. All good pirate treasure.

In case anyone should contemplate stealing the treasure, terrible threats were dreamt up and inscribed on the lid. My favourite was the one where the pirates would hunt down the perpetrator and make them wash all the pirates’ under pants for a year. Ugh! A formidable and terrifying warning if I ever heard one.

There was a bit of a kerfuffle when one of the pirates tried to sneak off with a silver goblet. All was well in the end. The ship mates laughed about it over a flagon of rum blackcurrant juice.

All agreed that they would need to upgrade the padlock to one of those new fangled metal padlocks which would need a metal grinder to open in the absence of the key.

Good thinking. Me hearties!

(Pirates last seen exiting with treasure chest under their arms. Several hours of imaginative play and creating ensued. Pirates’ mother left to enjoy a cup of tea in peace. Phew!)

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4 thoughts on “Pirate’s treasure chest in just a minute

  • Tuesday 8 October, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I love this! It looks great and I bet they really did have lots of fun playing with it at the end.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids x

    • Tuesday 8 October, 2013 at 1:34 pm

      They bring it out when treasure is required in one of their games. It is so good to see them playing with something that they helped to make. Otherwise youngest has commandeered it for all his very precious bits and bobs! I probably should make a few more treasure boxes.

  • Tuesday 15 October, 2013 at 9:40 am

    😀 Oh wow, this looks awesome! Love that you haven’t gone out and bought anything new to make it, and also that it only took half an hour. Very impressive stuff! #letkidsbekids

    • Tuesday 15 October, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      I’m a great believer in using the bits and pieces that we have available. Coupled with being a total squirrel, there is always a lot to choose from around the house!

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