Ahoy! Stab me, shiver my timbers,
welcome on board Alexandrina!
Life on the ship is on unsteady ground. Take a look around – perhaps you can find your way up to the wheel, and help me steer out to the Seven Seas in search of the hidden treasure. Check the situation from the lookout barrel, or clamber up to the ship’s upper deck and scan the horizon for land.
Only an inquisitive and imaginative sailor will find the Captain’s key for the treasure chest and hidden diamonds on board.
If you explore the Captain’s cabin, you’ll find the treasure map and compass that will give you a clue to the whereabouts of treasure island. In the galley, the pots are bubbling away, ready for real pirate feast, but hurry, a crab is about to slip away.
Down in the bowels of the ship are all the prisoners – watch out! Perhaps you’ll have to walk the wobbly plank, where the ravenous sharks are waiting …
Yes, life aboard LEDON’s pirate ship is a vivid tale packed with play and imagination …
… Ready, pirate, go!
Little treasure Island
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Role-play All the theme-based play activities on and around the ship will stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination and encourage role-play.
Role-play allows the child to imagine being another person or character. Here, everything is possible, and new actions and boundaries can be tested without risk – after all, it’s ‘just’ play. Consequently, the child gets to know themselves and the world around them better.
Physical play and motor skills
When children play, the body moves in a myriad of ways: walking, jumping, crawling, running and climbing. These are all expansive movements which support the child’s proprioceptive understanding while giving them a good sense of space. Sensory impressions from the body and gravity are necessary for developing motor skills. The more children play, sense and test themselves, the more they develop. Try, for example, the wobbly plank, the angled climbing net, the slide or the climbing wall panel.
The ship features many play activities with moving parts, for example ship’s wheel, keys and rubber hatches. These all stimulate children’s fine motor skills as well as their eye-hand coordination, which are both important for child development, including learning ability.
Windows, domes and holes
The windows, domes and holes stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination when viewing the world from different perspectives and in new colours. The tinted windows inspire new type of play when the sunlight casts coloured patches on the ground. All the openings and windows also encourage greater interaction between children. When children play together, in their own fantasy world, they practise their social skills. Imagination, for example, helps to develop empathy and understanding and trust in others.
Around the pirate ship there are secret spaces to be found behind rubber hatches, below deck and inside the prison. Children love dens and hideaways where they can immerse themselves in their play. Being given the opportunity to spend time in peace and quiet and play alone is a prerequisite for concentration, perseverance and endurance.
Each pirate ship is divided into four smaller zones. This allows several groups of children to play simultaneously without disturbing each other. The zones have different play activities that all support children’s natural development.
How have children been involved in developing LEDON Pirates?
Primary school children from Brændkjærskolen in Kolding, Denmark, are some of the children who have been closely involved in developing LEDON’s pirate universe. Through workshops with brainstorming sessions as well as model-building and prototyping, we learned how children aged 7-8 years envisage the world of pirates.