This is a fun activity to keep the kids busy. I used our toy bins to form the ship. I duck taped three paper towel dowels together and white poster board to form the sail. To create the water, I used blue painters tape to form waves on the floor.
As an activity, I stuffed old socks with newspaper and tied with a long string. These became the anchors. The kids were challenged to anchor the ship by landing the anchors in blue squares alongside the ship (also created with painters tape).
As another activity, I gave each kid a paper towel dowel and had them search for land.
To further encourage role play I pretended there was a huge thunderstorm and the waves were crashing in on our ship. The kids used the dowels as rows to get us over the waves. We spotted fish and sharks in the sea. The anchors then became fishing poles were the kids caught the green bins and reeled them in. Super fun imaginative play sure to last for a few days!