Today’s entry in Fantastic Adventures in Family Entertainment is the little known high seas adventure, Shipwrecked.
The story centers around a young boy, Haakon, who sails off as a cabin boy in order to save his family’s home. Little does he know, the ship’s captain and crew have all been replaced by pirates, who need the ship to return to a deserted sand to dig up their gold.
Young Haakon, shipmate Jens and stowaway Mary discover the pirates’ plan and are forced to walk the plank in the middle of a storm. Haakon washes up alone on a deserted island and soon discovers it is the hiding place of the pirates’ treasure. Can he recover the treasure before the pirates return? Will he find his friends? Most importantly, how will he get home?
Why it is a fantastic adventure: A young boy must survive on his own on a deserted island. Your kids will experience all the classic survival stuff: building shelters out of palm trees, weapons out of sticks, and eating coconuts and fish. A sense of exploration is crucial to your kids’ upbringing as creative individuals. They will be in Haakon’s shoes as he creates booby traps, fights for survival and attempts to stop the pirates from getting their treasure.
Haakon is a great young character for your kids to look up to and identify with. He handles himself with poise as he is stranded alone with nothing but his instincts and smarts. Your kids will be itching to go on an adventure of their own, and don’t be surprised if you walk in to your living room being converted into a deserted island.
This movie is a great way to let your kids explore their imaginations and get them to do creative things with whatever they have laying around the house. Since they will be pretending they are on a deserted island they will be making radios out of coconuts and shelters out
of bed sheets. If you happen to have an indoor palm tree, expect that you will no longer have it in the near future!
Overall, Shipwrecked is a fantastic adventure film safe for the entire family, and your kids will bond with Haakon and his island adventures.
Ahoy, junior pirates! Dead Skin Dave has passed along this important assignment! He wants you to make your very own treasure map!
Pirate’s Treasure Map.
cold coffee or tea (about 1/2 cup),
piece of white paper,
a little imagination and
Take a piece of nice white paper and rip off all the edges (don’t cut them with scissors, rip them!) If you rip the paper a bit more than you meant to, it’s not the end of the world.
Crumple the paper up as tightly as you can into a ball.
Flatten the paper out again and put onto a plate or cookie sheet. (if you haven’t told the kids what you’re doing, they’ll start thinking you’re really weird right about now).
Pour coffee or tea over the paper. Swoosh around with your hands to make sure it covers everything.
If you’re doing this with a large group of smaller kids, you may want to get it to this point and set them aside for a couple minutes (get the children arranged at the table for drawing their maps). Then pull out some finished, dried sheets that you premade. It keeps the kids from having to sit through the “waiting” parts of the project.
Let it sit for about 5 minutes (if you’re doing it with a group, you don’t have to let it sit so long… 2 minutes is enough to give it some color)
Pour the coffee off into the sink.
Blow-dry with a hand held blow-dryer on high for about 5 minutes (leave it sitting on the plate while blow-drying or it will tear to pieces). When it’s pretty dry (and starts to lift a bit) switch the blow-dryer to low to finish off (about another 2 minutes).
Now… take some markers and draw your map. There should be a big X in the middle, a dotted line trail that winds around and maybe a title that says “Pirate Island” and a North, South, East, West arrow in the corner.
Once you’ve drawn the trail and X you can draw and label some “obstacles”. Some ideas are:
Waterfalls of Doom
Captain’s Cave (Captain’s Cavern)
You can roll the map up and slip into a 1/4 tp roll holder or tie with a ribbon, stick it into a bottle or just hang it up on your wall!
Lastly, when you are all done, find something to hide, create your own landmarks out of cardboard boxes, and have your friends go searching for your buried treasure!