Pirate Theme Children Activities

Avast, Me Hearties! Here are some swashbuckling fun activities for your little scallywags!

‘Talk like a Pirate Day’ is on the 19th September.

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Junk Modelling- A pirate ship

How about letting the children make a pirate ship out of clean junk materials such as boxes, yogurt pots, straws, bottles and tops paper etc and providing them with cellotape and glue, and let their imaginations create their own masterpieces. You could provide the kids with photographs of ships to help.

Make a Parrot 

Using a kitchen towel roll, paint it red all over. Whilst this is drying, cut out some wings (in any colour you like) and cut out an orange beak, two white eyes with black dots in the middle and a green spikey shape for hair. 

Spyglass Telescope

Take a kitchen towel and paint half of it black and the other half of it yellow or gold.

Treasure Chest

This is a great activity that the children can use to keep all the special things in or it can be used in a treasure hunt.

Take a shoe box and paint it black. Next cut out some strips of yellow or gold paper and glue it to every edge of the box. Cut out a rectangle shape out of card, for a lock and stick it to the front and middle of the lid.

Treasure Map

Dip a teabag into some water and take a plain piece of paper and dab the teabag all over it. Once the paper has dried, to speed up the drying process zap it in the microwave, you can draw on a treasure map trail. Dont forget the most important part of the map the ‘X’ that marks the spot of the treasure. The treasure map can then be used for role play or during a real treasure hunt.

Pirate Flag

Take a rectangular piece of paper and draw on a skull and crossed bones underneath and ask the child to colour or paint it in. Alternatively you could cut out white shapes of a skull and crossed bones and ask the child to stick it on to a piece of black paper. Once you have finished making the flag tape it to a straw or stick.

Here is a template for you to print out if you wish:




Make a sword shape out of strong card, corrugated is the best, and double up on the handle shape and glue it on the top to make it stronger. Cover the sword part in foil. Paint the handle part in any colour you like. To see how we made a knights sword click on this link- http://www.thelittleactivitychest.com/our-st-georges-day-activities/


Take a paper or plastic cup and cut a small slit in the bottom of the cup. Put this aside and cut out a hook shape out of strong card, make the bottom of the hook slightly longer so the child can hold on to it inside the cup and cover it in foil. Push the hook through the slit on the cup and tape into place. Cover the cup in black tape i.e. duct tape. Your little one can then place their hand inside the cup and hold on to the piece of card inside.

Eye Patch

Take a piece of black paper or felt and make a patch shape that will fit over your child’s eye. Make two small holes either sides of the patch and thread a piece of elastic into each hole and tie a knot at each end.

Make a pirate ship

Using a butter container stick a piece of playdough inside the bottom of the container. Next take a straw and a piece of rectangular paper. Make two holes, one at each end of the paper in the middle. Thread the straw through the holes and stick the straw into the playdough. If you want to decorate your flag you could add a skull and cross bones to it with white paper and use black paper for the flag base.

Pin the parrot on the pirate’s shoulder/ Pin the eye patch on the pirate

Draw out a large pirate on to a large piece of paper, perhaps use old wall paper. Draw and cut out a parrot or eye patch. The children can help decorate or paint the pirate and parrot/patch. Once you have finished decorating the items, place the pirate on the wall. Put some bluetack on the back of the parrot/ patch. Blindfold a child and ask them to stick the parrot or patch to the pirate. The closest child to where it should be wins.

Pirate Hat


To make a newspaper/ paper pirate hat click on the link below to open a PDF file with instructions to print out.



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