For little explorers and pirates alike, the telescope is an essential play accessory. And kids certainly know how to convert a tube into a scope! For us it’s a weekly occurrence that I toss a spent paper tube to my 5 year-old son, who immediately puts it to his eye for spotting.
To make a cone-shaped telescope, we tried layering up different-sized tubes and paper cups.
1) Start out with a painted scene on a big thick piece of paper or cardboard. In this case my son painted pirate ships and an island, with no help or hints from me! The point is to keep the scene fairly simple, because you’ll be adding to it as you go along.
3) One pirate (or a parent) makes a small change to the scene. For example, the painter adds a new tree, a bird, or a bit of treasure.
4) Next, the blindfolded pirates remove their blindfolds and use their telescopes to see how quickly they can spot what’s different in the scene!
If you don’t want to bother with painting, you can play the game with objects or toys in your backyard or in a room on a rainy day.
And of course, you can always bury and find hidden treasure!
Jami blogs at Nogginmama.com