Sailing across the deep blue sea

If I had more time and the forethought, I would try to have some sort of prop for every book we read in our classroom. Sometimes a simple prop can invite the most dynamic story telling and dramatic play…

Sailing across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

We recently read the simple book Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting. This book is about a little boy who questions what lengths his mommy would go through to rescue him from a band of imaginary pirates…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

This is such a sweet book with the primary focus on a mother’s love for her child being demonstrated through a fun and engaging adventure at sea…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

I knew when I got this book that I needed to make sure that I had a way for my students to retell this story or at the very least, build on the illustrations of the story. I needed a few props…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

I gathered two boxes and decorated (and reinforced) them around the edges with duct tape…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

And I also purchased two “steering wheels” which are really wagon wheels found at Garden Ridge but look incredibly like the wheel on the pirate’s ship in our book. My students were certain it was a real steering wheel from a real ship…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

You might be thinking “Wow that is a big investment for one story prop!” and you would be right if I didn’t have any other plans for my wooden wheels but I have big plans for those wheels. I will put those plans into action as soon as I can get my hubby’s help…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

In the mean time, our students spent the entire morning exploring our deep blue sea in their ships along with the wooden wheels, treasure boxes, some gems and anything else the children decided to add along the way…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

Of course, not every story telling prop or dramatic play prop needs to be extravagant to invite play but sometimes, there are those special items that I just can’t resist…

Across the deep blue sea by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-05-21T16:00:51+00:00May 21st, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Janice May 22, 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous idea Deborah. I want to get my hands on a wooden wheel now 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. May 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm - Reply

      Haha! I would share mine but I am totally loving it!!

  2. Rhythm May 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I’d like to go sailing with those pirates!!

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