A pallet pirate ship

pallet ship

This fabulous ship set sail in a local primary school playground early this summer, and is still afloat. The gunwales are weathered by the rain and embellished by happy hours of play. The pallets, donated by a local factory, are threaded together with long stakes. A few dads helped build the upper deck with plywood scraps, and an old table-top serves as a steering wheel. There's an anchor, a life ring, and an assortment of old pots and pans in the ship's kitchen.

With the weather getting muddier, this type of outdoor play is always in season. Loose parts foster imaginative play, and children learn to express and develop their thoughts in new ways.

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