20 Pirate Activities For Kids
20 Fun Pirate Activities For Kids You Can Do at Home
It’s still winter and Pirate Adventures is closed for the season, what are you going to do with your pirate obsessed kids? You’ve seen every episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates and it’s time to expand your little mates’ horizons. We’ve compiled a list of 20 fun and creative pirate activities for kids that should keep you busy until the weather gets a little warmer and you can embark on a Pirate Adventure and search for sunken treasure with us.
Encourage creativity with these 20 pirate activities for kids!
#1 – Treasure Hunt – In the Snow
I know snow is the LAST word you want to hear! It looks like the last major cold front of the winter (hopefully) is heading our way this week and at least you’ll have a fun activity planned! Check out this really adorable idea on a Snowy Treasure Hunt.
#2 – Pirate Hand Print Art
Turn your kids hands into Blackbeard, Redbeard, or Bluebeard! You will need to let the paint dry in layers so plan to do some other activities on our list while you are waiting. Specific directions and some other ideas for fun handprint art can be found funhandprintart.com.
#3 – Pirate Family Movie Night
Dive into the pirate theme with one of these family friendly pirate movies: Muppet Treasure Island, Veggie Tales – The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, Peter Pan, or Swiss Family Robinson to name a few. Make it an event and assemble some healthy pirate snacks from this post on funfitmom.com
#4 – Pirate story Stones
This is a great way to encourage creativity in your kids especially when talking about the pirate theme. These stones with sea creatures, treasure maps, pirate ships and more can are a great way to get a story started. Give them to your kids and see what happens, they will come back to them often!
#5 – Make A Treasure Map Pizza
Get your kids to incorporate veggies by designing a treasure map pizza together. More pirate snack ideas can be found on this Pirate Party Food Post.
#6 – Build a playroom pirate ship
Nothing like a cardboard box to get kids to play independently, especially when you add the pirate theme! This is a great post that gives step by step instructions to create a simple pirate ship for your kids to play in all afternoon.
#7 – Pirate Coloring Pages
Break out the crayons and the watercolors. There are free pirate coloring pages everywhere on the web. Click on the picture above for some more great coloring pages with the pirate theme
#8 – Quiz your Noodle at National GeoGraphic
National Geographic has a great website for kids which includes this pirate themed quiz.They also have a great traveling exhibit about the pirate ship Whydah that might make a stop at a museum near you.
#9 – Pirate Science Project
Create a science experiment in the pirate theme with exploding treasure chests. Your kids will be asking to do this again!
#10 – Assemble A pirate Dress Up Box
Looking the part is half the adventure at Pirate Adventures. Assemble all of your old costume jewelery and scarves into one place and let the kids make a pirate dress up box out of an old suit case or trunk.
#11 – Capture the Flag
Divide your pirates into two teams. Each team picks a pirate island to hide the flag. The object of the game is to capture the other teams flag and return with it to your own pirate island. Players can be tagged by other members of the opposite team and sent to a “deserted island’ until the game is over. The game is over when a one team plants the opposite teams flag on their own pirate island.
#12 – Design your own Pirate Flag
The craft stores are filled with foam cut outs of different shapes and sizes. Not all pirate flags have to be skulls and bones. Use the flags for a game of Pirate Capture the Flag. Complete directions are found here on familycrafts.com.
#13 – Pirate Catapult
Spray paint some cotton balls for cannons and it doesn’t seem that destructive! We had to include a popsicle stick craft on the list. Find directions to build the catapult here.
#14 – Make A treasure map of your backyard
This post “Tea Stained Treasure Maps” offers step-by-step instructions for an authentic looking treasure map. Take the kids to the backyard or favorite playground or park and pick some fun landmarks, give them names (the wishing tree, path of the smooth stones) and add them to the map. Bring some treasure to bury and hide the map in a secret place.
#15 – Pick your Pirate Name – Kidfriendly
Help your kids create a pirate alter ego. This post “How to Make a Pirate Name” offers a kid-friendly option for pirate name generation. Once your kids have their pirate names they can use them in any of the pirate activities for kids listed here.
#16 – PIRATE or Ocean Themed Sensory TUB
Pour some water, beads any pirate or ocean themed items you have around the house into a big tub and the let the kids go to town. You can add sand instead of beads, seashells, gold coins whatever you have on hand.
#16 – Pirate Play Dough Scene
Get out the play dough and create a pirate island. Add gold coins to play, beads, pirate figurines, sea shells, and other sea creatures to play with.
#18 -Put on a Pirate Play
Break out the story stones and write your own play or check out this free play available online called “Peggy the Pint Sized Pirate”. The play has 7 characters and is about 15 minutes long.
#19 – Make Your Own Pirate Ship Out Of Cardboard
This post Narnia and the North provides a template for the boats. Break out the craft box and accessorize!
#20 – Pirate Hair Jewelery
Head to your nearest bead store and pick out some jewel like and sea themed beads to make you own hair jewelery. Attach them to a headband or bobby pin and you’ve created your own Jack Sparrow look a-like!
That should get you in the pirate spirit! Leave a comment with your favorite pirate activities you do at home with your kids and be sure to join us on a Pirate Adventure when the weather warms up this spring!