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Fantastic Adventure: Saltwater Taffy

n370056What if I told you there was a book equivalent of The Goonies with a bit of Stand By Me thrown in there. And what if I told you it was a coming of age story that dealt with realistic kids? No super powers or vampires.  Well my friends, that book exists, and it is called Saltwater Taffy by Eric DelaBarre.
From the book’s website: ” Saltwater Taffy is set during the 4th of July weekend and follows the lives of five “tweenage” friends as they uncover a treasure map leading to the Lost Treasure of Jean Lafitte.  The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next as they try to out-wit, out-think and out-maneuver everyone from a one-legged junk yard man and an overbearing town bully, to the creepy old man living at the top of the hill.”

Why it is a fantastic adventure: Friendships are the lifeblood of our youth. They are what keep kids going. They live for after school and the weekend, when bike rides lead to adventures and the only limit is imagination. Your kids will undoubtedly value their friends more after reading this story.
This story takes place in the 1970s, before cell phones, Internet, computers, etc. If anything, your kids will be able to read about a time when life was a bit simpler. This will hopefully inspire them to get out of the house more often and go explore the town with their friends.
Treasure hunting is something that excites all of us. Whether we’re kids, tween,s teens, adults or seniors, we have all been bitten by a treasure hunting bug at least once. The story in this book will ignite your kids’ imaginations. Get ready to create your own treasure hunt because as soon as they are done reading this book, your kids will be pumped for an adventure – and what better way then with a treasure hunt!
This book really hits a lot of great themes in a young person’s life. I’ve told you about the friendship aspect. There is also a great lesson about learning to stop aiming so high because what you want is probably right in front of your face. This is always a great lesson to teach kids and is a great reminder for adults. Be happy with what you have! Loss of someone close to you is also dealt with in this book, and it is not just a tug at the emotions, but a great way to open dialogue with your kids about loss and what it really means.
Overall, Saltwater Taffy is an amazing coming of age adventure, with strong friendships, life lessons and even a treasure hunt. It truly is an all in one pack

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Make your own treasure map!

Ahoy, junior pirates! Dead Skin Dave has passed along this important assignment! He wants you to make your very own treasure map!

tmapPirate’s Treasure Map.

Materials:

  • cold coffee or tea (about 1/2 cup),
  • piece of white paper,
  • a blow-dryer,
  • a little imagination and
  • some markers.

Instructions:

  • 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!

Source: http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/pirates/mmap.html