There are a few things Sebastian loves at the moment – crafting, under the sea and pirates (or more importantly, Jake and the Neverland Pirates). When planning crafts with Sebastian (and I use that term very loosely – have you tried planning crafts with a pre schooler?), I like to make sure that they are simple, easy and fun, plus relatable to what he is favouring at the moment.
This paper treasure chest became the perfect afternoon craft. It combines a certain little dude’s love of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, is a little bit crafty and is SUPER simple. I just set Sebastian up with some crayons and the template I created after lunch one day and left him to it. Note: whilst he enjoys crafting his attention span is limited and so after a little more than 5 minutes he was done, ready to cut it out and fill it with treasure!
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I managed to make him wait until after quiet time to play with it, using this time to cut and stick it together myself. Also, I used this time to hide some gems and gold coins I had in our sand pit for him to dig out / hunt (just like they do on Jake). Now Sebastian would have been happy with the gems and coins (he spent more time hunting for and rehiding them than, he did creating the actual treasure chest), but I wanted to add in an extra special treat that he could enjoy.
A little while ago I was sent some Sea Stretchies from Allen’s which I put aside in my pantry to use for a fun afternoon activity. The idea behind these is ‘1 piece = 1 portion’ – that’s their BIG secret, one Sea Stretchie is all you need for some sweet stretchy fun. Why? Because Allen’s Sea Stretchies are made to be played with, in fact it is mandatory to stretch, roll, twist and pull them prior to consumption 😉 They are a good size and provide lots of fun for little hands (ok, anyone!)
Sebastian was in his element when he found this treat (note: I popped the Sea Stretchie into a cellophane bag before hiding it). He spent ages literally playing with his food!
At this point, I would like to make it clear we are not a big lolly eating family (**cue gasps**), so these definitely fall into the treat category in our home, so much so at first Sebastian didn’t really know what he was to do with this stretchy treat, especially when I said he could play with it.
I like that Allen’s Sea Stretchies contain NO artificial colours. Plus, they come in four fun creatures and lots of fun flavours like juicy orange, crisp apple, tasty pineapple, luscious mixed berry, zesty strawberry and tangy grapefruit, so there is a flavour combination to suit all taste buds.
You can get you’re own Allen’s Sea Stretchies from New World and Pak n Save supermarkets nationwide 🙂
**Thanks Allen’s for sending us this sweet, stretchy treat; as always words, thoughts and opinions are my own**