Play, especially pretend play, is one of the best ways for children to learn and develop language. Think about when you use to play house/ teacher/ fireman. You had to follow and give directions, think up new scenarios, and of course have your props ready! I am a huge fan of props during play. For my students who have difficulties talking, props add a visual and physical support to help them participate in play. This week I was feeling inspired by Pirates. I got out some props: a telescope (cardboard tube), a paper map, and a “Treasure Box” (shoebox filled with shiny objects). Since many of my students love to craft to, we also made some Pirate Hats. They were a big hit and super easy to make.
Whit’s Quick Pirate Hats
Time: 3-5 minutes
Materials: Skull and Crossbones Template (click here for template), scissors, glue, black foam sheet, string/yarn, single hole puncher (optional)
1) Cut the black foam sheet into the shape of a pirate hat.
2) Cut out the skull and crossbones.
3) Glue the skull and crossbones to the black foam sheet.
4) Create two holes along the edges of the foam sheet. You can use scissors or a single hole puncher.
5) Lace a piece of string or yarn through each hole and knot the end.
6) You are ready to tie your hat on and have some fun!