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12 Months of Literary Activities: Treasure Island

Treasure Island activities include reading extensions for history, geography, and science and a craft tutorial and template for a treasure map

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 include reading extensions for history, geography, and science and a craft tutorial and template for a treasure map

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.

History

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.

Science

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.

Geography

Find Bristol, England on a map and discuss where the island may have been from there.

Art

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:

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • Lit Mama’s Treasure Map Pieces
  • 14×16 piece of brown postal paper
  • Large shallow dish
  • 1 cup unsweetened tea
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Red marker

What you do:

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • 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)

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • While templates are drying, crumple up postal paper to give it an old look

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • Unfold and flatten out

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • Begin cutting edges into wavy lines to give it a worn appearance

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • Cut edges of entire paper into wavy, uneven lines

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • Once map pieces are dry, cut out individual pieces.  Notice I cut out extra palm trees, hills, mountains, huts, and grasses.

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • 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.

This fun Treasure ap craft is great to make with kids while you're reading Treasure Island

  • 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:

We’re going to wrap up the series tomorrow with a Very Cool Project for Oliver Twist.  See you then!

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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  1. We made a pirate ship off our back deck one year, and a bunch of boys dressed up as pirates. They had so much fun with that theme!
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