Living Arrows: a little moment of the week to pause, savour and treasure
On Saturday morning we sat down with half a bag of granulated sugar, a tray and a lot of imagination.
Kitty, Elma and I would like to introduce you to our magical mystery desert treasure island beach, our entry in the Tots 100’s competition with Staedtler to find another couple of Try it Tribe members for the year.
At first, it might seem like quite a peaceful beach scene;
Our little Pirate Pip sites relaxing on his playdoh beach towel, under the shade of a delicate pink sun umbrella. His cutlass rests behind his head, abandoned for the moment as he’s been much too busy playing with his bucket and spade – he’s even caught a crab! (yes that is a crab!!)
And over on the barnacled rocks, a mermaid suns herself, and smiles at her reflection in her shell mirror.
But what’s this, who could this be! An attack, an attack! Pirate Kitty has rowed across the bay, avoided the multicoloured fish, landed her craft and she’s making her way towards the pirate cave.
The treasure Pip! The treasure! She’s going to find it!
But will she? Has she noticed that next to the cave, cunningly concealed behind a rolling door, is a tunnel? Where it leads, no one knows, but the trail of gold doubloons suggests it might just be worth investigating.
And while Pip and Kitty battle it out, who do we have here, sat stealthily next to the rock pools watching the starfish and the crab?
Why it’s Pirate Elma, biding her time and waiting for her chance for treasure, glory and a really great multicoloured boat.
As well as the sugar and the tray, it’s made from all the playdoh we could find, washi tape, some shells from our summer holiday, a yoghurt pot, baking cases, tin foil, glitter, straws, a tea light holder shaped like a lighthouse and of course, Duplo.
The girls and I ran around the house looking for things that seemed beachy and then sat down to think up how we could make everything else. Most of the ideas and the execution came from the girls, though I do claim credit for the execution of the bucket and space and the boat. It was just so much fun to make, especially as once we’d made it it wasn’t just ‘finished’ and done.
I may have sat everyone out of sight and off the quilt while I took the pictures but after that, we let battle commence.
I couldn’t tell you who won, but I do know that the playdoh seemed to have formed into glittery cannonballs (we really should have done a cannon shouldn’t we) and the bay was looking very sandy.
It also appeared as though some of the sand had mysteriously disappeared. Almost as if it had been eaten. But that couldn’t be the case could it Kitty?