This ship will delight any little pirate, with so many features to expand pretend play. Over my 35 years of doing speech therapy and finding ways to make sessions with kids fun, I found that a good pirate ship kept kids happily engaged in play while we worked on our speech goals! Following the theme of the latest movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales” Ghost Armando Salazar is out for revenge in his well-appointed ghost ship. As the ship rolls along the floor, it lists from side to side in the pretend ocean, waiting to open the jaws of the bow to capture enemies. Kids love the feature to fire the cannons as the weapons’ doors open up. With plenty of trap doors, secret compartments, Salazar and Mary figures and a shark cage to release a live weapon, this ship gives kids many options to weave a swashbuckling tale of their own, either based on the movie or their own imagination. Story telling through pretend play builds language skills for later reading and writing as kids get comfortable planning the action, overcoming obstacles and coming to a conclusion. With a ship this fun, they will never know they are learning so much!

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