I mean, Treasure Island. Is there any comparable adventure story?
It has all the things–Pirates. Ships. Treasure. Mutiny. Danger. Adventure on the high seas.
Can you think of a better book to take the beach?
Yeah, me neither.
Treasure Island Beach Activities
Jim Hawkins, the innkeeper’s son at the Admiral Benbow Inn gets embroiled in a pirate treasure hunt when he accidentally finds a map that several serious bad guys are after. Jim joins some of the men from his village on a quest to search for the treasure, but guess who they hire to man their ship?
Yeah, the bad guys.
Wicked smart of them.
But it does lead to some serious adventure. Your kids will love this book.
So take them to the beach and let them build sand castles while you read to them.
Then let them try some of this other fun stuff:
- Take a boat tour. Whether you’re at the ocean or a lake beach (which is our only option here in the middle of the country), rent a boat or book a tour and let your kids experience being on the water
- Dress up like pirates. If you’re kids aren’t too shy to be silly in public, grab them some tri-corner hats and eye patches and go to the beach as a pirate crew
- Draw treasure maps in the sand. Get ideas from this fun paper map.
- Have a beach scavenger hunt. Make up a map for them and have them hunt beach treasures or treasures you’ve hidden for them. And don’t worry, I got you. There’s a Treasure Island Beach Scavenger Hunt in the free printable Pirate Pack!
- Make foam swords or daggers and have a beach battle. This could be as simple as cutting a dagger shape from a sheet of craft foam or as complicated as making a sword from PVC pipe and wrapping it in a pool noodle.
- Make a ship in the sand. Dig out a ship shape in the sand and then use buckets and hands to shape the rails, masts, etc. around it. Make it big enough for your kids to play in.
- Fly your Jolly Roger. Create a pirate flag and fly it over your beach area.
- Learn pirate language and the pirate Code of Conduct. Print out the free Pirate Pack and spend the day speaking in pirate and following the rules of pirate life.
- Have a water balloon fight. Pretend they’re cannon balls. Even better if you have slingshot cannons.
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We all want to raise prolific readers, but we also want our kids to get outside and get active. I can’t think of a better way to do both than to take Treasure Island to the beach and do some (or all) of these fun activities.
I wonder if my teen boys would go to the beach dressed like pirates with me.
Yeah, probably not.