Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Creativity with Cardboard Boxes: Pirate Ship

One thing a pirate needs is a pirate ship, so Little Chick's party couldn't be complete without at least an attempt at a pirate ship.  This was a pretty simple pirate ship made from recycled cardboard box packaging and some very basic illustrations.  There are some amazing pirate ship creations on the web, but hopefully our meagre efforts were enough to spark the imaginations of a group of 3 and 4 year olds.

This was the box we used for creating some indoor camping cardboard box play a while back.  Well since then it's been stored in the garage waiting for the next play idea to use it for, so it was all ready to be converted into a pirate ship!

To start with I drew and cut out two large u-shaped sections from each piece of cardboard.  I then drew round a medium sized flower pot and cut out the portholes.

To get the front to bend and come together to form the bow of the boat I cut slits in the bottom edge of each piece of cardboard so they folded over each other and then at the top tucked one of the sides of cardboard into the other and then taped it together (It's so useful to have an structural engineer in the house for problem solving construction issues!)  I also drew on an anchor and edging strips round the port holes and sides of the boat.

As I thought it was going to be wet and we would have to have the ship in our living room, I decided against a sail and just went for hanging some bunting across the room instead.

Inside the pirate ship there were some throws and cushions and a sealed bag of sand to weight the front bit down to stop it moving around.

The girls and their friends had lots of fun on the pirate ship.

As it turned out the weather cleared and we were able to take the pirate ship outside where we added a mast (our sunshade base and pole) and a sail (an old sheet pegged to the washing line above). 

There was lots of 'ooh-ahhs' and running in and out of the pirate ship to escape monsters or to sail to the island for treasure.

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  1. Corrugated plastic boxes are growing in popularity among companies that use
    returnable packaging. These multipurpose containers are more efficient
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  2. That is a fantastic cardboard box pirate ship! :)

  3. Wow! That is BRILLIANT! I want to go off and make one for my kids now too. What fun. Need some big boxes first.

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  4. Just scored 2 BIG boxes ....Yeehaaa !!! Making it !!


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