Ahoy, junior pirates! Dead Skin Dave has passed along this important assignment! He wants you to make your very own treasure map!
- cold coffee or tea (about 1/2 cup),
- piece of white paper,
- a blow-dryer,
- a little imagination and
- some markers.
- 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:
- Bloody Beach
- Waterfalls of Doom
- Skull rock
- Monster Mountain
- Skeleton Jungle
- Captain’s Cave (Captain’s Cavern)
- Serpent Pass
- 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!