O.k., so this took a few minutes of prep before hand but was well worth it. I had been saving baby wipe containers for a future kids craft...I knew they would come in handy at some point. They worked out perfectly to transform into pirate treasure chests.
Here is what you'll need:
Plastic baby wipes containers (one per child)
Black construction paper (you can use any color you want)
Pirate stickers for decorating
Sharpie for writing childrens names on treasure chests
Treasures to put inside the chests
Black cardstock to cut out in the shape of a pirate's eye patch
Black yarn for securing the eye patches on each child
Hole punch for the yarn and cardstock assembly of the eye patch
I cut to size and taped the black construction paper onto the wipes containers to start the treasure chest transformation. I also wrote each child's name on the chests to complete the prep work before the playdate. Our treasures consisted of purple feathers, Backyardigans scratch craft, and mini glow sticks (one treasure for each child.)
Each child got a treasure box that already had an eye patch inside it. (I had cut eye patch shapes out of black cardstock, punched holes on either side, and strung through black yarn). They put their eye patches on and went to town decorating their treasure chests with the pirate stickers we had on hand.
Before the playdate began I had put each treasure in its own plastic baggie. I hid them around the kitchen and dining room. Since the boys are 4 and my daughter is 2, I didn't make it that hard. I hid the baggies of treasure on the inside of the cubbard and under the counter and dining room chair. I gave them simple hints to look for the treasure baggies and they found them with no problem.
It was alot of fun to see them looking and giggeling during their hunt. Each child got one treasure from each baggie and then the pirate play date was complete.
We had a ton of fun and I think the pirate treasure chests turned out super cute and it passed the time since we couldn't go outside.