DIY Pirate Treasure

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum…I mean milk, a bottle of milk.

Well I thought that spring had sprung…then it started snowing, and snowing, and snowing, and now I’m trapped in my igloo waiting for that sun to peak out and say hello. Therefore I am trying to come up with new activities for my tiny human, to distract her from the park under a foot of snow visible from our kitchen window. So today call me Captain Grubby Goldfish because after nap time it’s getting a whole lot more ‘walk to plank’ up in this house!


Yo-ho-ho, time to find some treasure

Pirate Map

First things first, you need a pirate map. I used felt to draw the map because my toddler likes to rip paper into millions of little pieces…then run away and move onto the next part of the house to terrorize. Hence felt. Ok, I know this map is mostly dots and an X, but lets be honest here, my child can’t read yet, so I don’t think she’ll be upset with my lack of drawing skills on this one.

Make your own play-dough.

Play-dough is always a win in this house, so I created a play-dough ‘sand’ filled will treasures for her to find. It is a great sensory activity…plus keeps her entertained long enough for me to put on a load of laundry, AND fold the dry stuff!

I’ve been looking for different play-dough recipes online and came across We Love Being Moms blog. I decided to use one of her recipes because she has tested and reviewed 10 homemade play dough recipes, giving that mommy blogger major play-dough street cred!

What you will need:

  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Oil
  • 2 Tsp. Cream of Tarter
  • A Couple Drops Food Colouring
  • Glitter


(Cook all ingredients over stove)

  1. Pour all of your ingredients into a saucepan and stir together with a wooden spoon until fully mixed
  2. Once it is all mixed well, heat over medium heat
  3. Stir until it starts to clump (this will take a few minutes)
  4. Keep stirring until one big clump is formed
  5. Remove from the heat and knead by hand
  6. Add a few shakes of glitter (optional…but is glitter really ever optional?), then continue to knead
  7. Place in an airtight container

This play-dough is fantastic. Not grainy, not oily and the glitter doesn’t come off on your hands when you play with it! The recipe I used says that this will keep for up to 9 months (wow it takes that long to make a baby).

Treasure Chest

Next I spray painted an old wet wipes box black as the treasure chest. If you have kids under the age of 3, then I’m sure you have tons of these bad boys laying around. If not you could also use a tupperware container.

When I added the play dough (a double recipe for the wet wipes container), I also stuck a few gold coins and bracelets in for Avery to dig around and find.

To decorate the treasure chest get some stickers. I don’t know about your house, but stickers are always a hit over here. I only had Valentine themed onee but if you have those fancy jewel ones than yay extra pirate points for you!



Arrrr…mom look how scary I am with these hooks

I was going to go all out and make a hat, eye patch, hook, and boat…but well I didn’t. First off she will never put on the patch or hat so to save time I picked up a necklace and braclet at the dollar store, but the hook was easy peasy.

Take some tinfoil,squish it up into a stick, then cut a hole in the bottom of a solo cup. Slide one side of your tinfoil in and secure with a piece of tape. then just bend the tinfoil sticking out into a hook shape.

There you have it. An easy DIY pirate play adventure that keeps your tiny human entertained for the afternoon! If your house is getting a little stir crazy with this weather, let me know what you do to keep the little ones entertained!

If you enjoyed this post, then be sure to check out How to Make a Chalkboard Activity Centre for Your Toddler and 10 Tips for the Perfect Boho Party

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