Pirates. Ships. Treasure. Mutiny. Danger.
Treasure Island has all the things to inspire a kid’s imagination. The story of Jim Hawkins and his quest for treasure has enchanted children for almost 150 years. I know my boys absolutely adored the story, even during the cringe-worthy scarier parts.
Stevenson’s adventure is a perfect introduction to classic literature for younger kids and is still action-packed enough to engage older kids. And you know me, if it offers ways to teach other subjects, I’m All In.
Treasure Island Activities
Treasure Island is one of those books that offers about a million ways to learn, which makes it kind of important to add to your library and/or schedule. Done right, this book could give you 12 weeks or more of school work. Trust me. You can ask my boys. Here are a few that were hits in our house.
Study piracy in the 18th century.
Study historic mutinies.
Research 18th century nobility. Find out where a squire was in the hierarchy.
Research the different kinds of ships available in the 18th century.
Do an ocean study.
The weather affects many aspect of the story, so a weather study would be great.
Research ship rations and how food affected crews on long voyages.
Find Bristol, England on a map and discuss where the island may have been from there.
What else could you possibly make but a treasure map?! This one is fun and easy and provides plenty of opportunity for you kiddos to use their own creativity. I’ve provided the cut-outs, and they can design their map however they choose.
What you need:
- Lit Mama’s Treasure Map Pieces
- 14×16 piece of brown postal paper
- Large shallow dish
- 1 cup unsweetened tea
- Red marker
What you do:
- Print out Lit Mama’s Treasure Map Pieces (I printed out 3 copies so we’d have extras of some of the pieces)
- Pour tea into shallow dish
- Submerge paper in dish and allow tea to soak it
- Set aside to dry (the best way to dry it quickly is to place individual pieces in front of a fan)
- While templates are drying, crumple up postal paper to give it an old look
- Unfold and flatten out
- Begin cutting edges into wavy lines to give it a worn appearance
- Cut edges of entire paper into wavy, uneven lines
- Once map pieces are dry, cut out individual pieces. Notice I cut out extra palm trees, hills, mountains, huts, and grasses.
- Here’s where your kiddos get to be creative. Have them place the pieces however they imagine their island to look and glue them into place.
- Use the red marker to make a dashed path from where your ship anchored to the treasure
Easy, creative and fun, just like I like ’em!
If you didn’t catch the activities for January-September, check out:
- Winnie-the-Pooh’s Very Useful Pot
- Black Beauty’s Felt Childhood Meadow
- Little House on the Prairie’s Craft Stick Log Cabin
- Robinson Crusoe’s Island Journal
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’s Craft Stick Characters
- The Wind in the Willows Summer/Winter Riverside Art Project
- To Kill a Mockingbird Boo Radley Knothole Tree
- Mary Poppins’ Mrs. Corry’s Gingerbread
- Lord of the Flies’ Tissue Paper Parachute
- Peter Pan’s Croc clock Paper Bag Puppet
We’re going to wrap up the series tomorrow with a Very Cool Project for Oliver Twist. See you then!
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