World Maritime Day Kids’ Activities
Celebrate World Maritime Day with your child, and try a few fun-filled boat-themed activities! Held the last week of September, this holiday recognizes the impact of the shipping industry in a global way. While your young child may not completely understand the world-wide impact that the shipping industry has (especially in an economic sense), she can still explore the beauty of boats. Check out these crafty, creative and playful ways that children can celebrate World Maritime Day!
Build a Boat
There are an almost endless number of ways to build model ships. The type of boat that you build, the materials you use and the complexity of the project depend on your child’s age. Younger children may enjoy something simple such as gluing a tissue paper triangle onto a craft stick and poking it through a thick sponge (making a sailboat that floats). Older kids can use soda bottles and cardboard to put together a recycled ship.
Read Boat Books
Spend some time reading boat-themed books during a ship-centered story time. Try out:
- Busy Boats, by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker (age range- preschoolers and kindergartners)
- Toy Boat, by Randall de Seve and Loren Long (age range- early elementary years)
- The Boat Alphabet Book, by Jerry Palotta and David Biedrzycki (age range – older toddlers)
- Little Bear’s Little Boat, by Eve Bunting and Nancy Carpenter (age range – preschool through early elementary years)
Ship-Shape Pretend Play
Reuse an old cardboard box, and turn it into a pretend play ship! Open the top of the box, and fold down the flaps. You’ll need a large box, such as an electronics box. Decorate the outside of the box so that it looks like the bottom of a ship. Your child can draw portholes or even add pictures of lifeboats. Surround the boat with blue towels (to create an ocean), and let your child jump in! She can sit in the boat-box and imagine that she’s sailing across the sea.