What’s a pirate without a ship? Just a regular old person. Which is why we are creating our very own pirate ship for pirate day! It’s inexpensive, easy, and the perfect thing to give your own tiny-pirate. I promise you that this $3 pirate ship is an awesome summer must have and will find its way into the yard, the bath, story time, free-play, and whatever else your child can come up with. Let’s get started.
So during our day of pirates we woke up and immediately began reading in our DIY pirate ship. It literally cost me $3.00 (as mentioned before) and I found everything at the dollar store. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pool Noodle
- Hot Glue
- Pirate Kite (or Flag)
- Plastic Hamper
Simply cut a notch out of one side of your pool noodle that will fit nicely around the lip of your hamper. DON’T CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE NOODLE. We do this so that the rest of the pool noodle lays tightly against the edge of the hamper. If your hamper has no lip and your pool noodle already lays flat, skip this step. Once you’ve completed this step, hot glue as much of the noodle as possible to the hamper edge. Keep in mind that the glue should air dry for a few seconds before you stick the two objects together – this prevents the pool noodle from melting. Hold in place until secure.
Then, cut the excess pool noodle down to whatever height you would like and glue the kite to it. Once again, you will want to glue the entire vertical rod of the kite (on the back) to the pool noodle. Hold in place until dry.
Just to be safe I would let this pirate ship sit overnight to set in place even more. Then hand your kiddo a foam sword (also found at the dollar tree) or some pirate books and let them get to storytelling!