One morning while we were lounging around and Charlotte was decked out in pajamas and her new pirate attire, she threw herself into my arms and announced she needed a treasure map. A treasure map, huh? Yes, mommy so I can shovel at the X and find the gold. She also told me she needed a parrot to put on her shoulder and a pirate ship. We talked about it for a bit and eventually got off subject, but I just couldn't get that treasure map out of my mind.
It's no secret that I love making felt items for C to play with. Her play kitchen is testament to that fact! My mom and I have made a ton of felt food and I've made a few things for our felt board. I googled felt treasure maps and immediately mentioned to Ross that I bet I could easily make one. We started shooting ideas around on what we would include and by the end of the night, I was cutting out images while Ross gave our little pirate a bath.
It was actually quite easy and quick to put together. I had a fun time creating each image and watching the map take shape. I pulled out my pile of scraps and cut each piece free hand. I then spent a few free moments here and there hand sewing everything down. Charlotte was ecstatic and loved checking to see if I had added anything new.
Some might think I'm nuts for letting my daughter run around town looking like a pirate and some might say that I'm filling her head with pointless stories. I'm just happy that I have an imaginative child that loves to read. I will always encourage that imagination and creativity. Always!!