What to do with this activity?
Pretending to be a pirate appeals to many children. Usually it's the classic type of pirate with one eye patch, a sword, a spyglass, a parrot, a black hat marked by a skull and cross bones. They might also have a few key phrases like "Ahoy there mates" or "Shiver me timbers".
Play acting in a character role is a great way of encouraging a child's imagination. Most of our ideas about play pirates come from story characters like Long John Silver in "Treasure Island", Captain Hook in "Peter Pan", or Jake in "Jake and the Neverland Pirates". Let your child's imagination run riot, and join in the fun by adding ideas and telling stories.
Scroll down a good bit on this link to find some pirate-themed party games that might appeal to your little pirate. The games can be adapted for smaller groups of children, or some of them just for the two of you.
Your child might enjoy Jake's Disney online game and help Captain Hook to find the treasure. You might need to help your child with the computer mouse.
Why am I doing this?
One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.
How can I do more?
Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too.
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