March 24, 2020

Pirate activities for kids

Hoist the mainsail and have a rollicking good time! Set a course for adventure this Pirate Day with activities to bring out the young buccaneer or old salt in everyone. We developed these resources with teachers in mind, but anyone can follow along to really put the fun into this fundraiser.

1. Port and starboard

This is Simon Says with a salty twist. A ‘captain’ shouts commands to his crew who must follow orders. The commands are related to life at sea, creating a great opportunity to learn some nautical lingo. Download the captain’s orders here. Suitable for all ages.

2. Ocean sensory tray

If you don’t mind a bit of mess and have good hygiene practices in place, little ones will have a lot of fun sticking their hands into a squishy, squelchy ocean sensory tray. Hide “treasure” in jelly or wet sand and ask them what they can feel and find. A variation on the theme of this activity is to play ocean sounds through speakers and talk about what can be heard. Download full activity instructions here.  Suitable for ages 3 – 7.

3. Colour in Orlando

Colouring in is a great activity for the young ones and not so young ones too! Mindfully or mindlessly using crayons, markers and pencils or paint, colour in our very own Pirate Bear, Orlando. Download the printable here. Suitable for all ages.

4. Pirate jokes

Childhood brain cancer is no laughing matter, but then again, the do say laughter is the best medicine. We’ve compiled 14 of our favourite jokes to celebrate Pirate Day here. Suitable all ages.

5. Origami

Origami is a great activity to develop hand-eye coordination, spatial skills and concentration. Find some coloured paper or recycle the pages of magazines and create your very own pirate ship. Download full activity instructions here. Suitable for ages 6 – 12.

6. Films to inspire

When you’ve had enough pirate play, break out your favourite snacks, find a comfy spot to relax and enjoy these classic movies with the whole family.

  • The Pirates of Penzance (1983) | G | 1h 52 mins
  • Walt Disney’s Peter Pan (1953) | G | 1h 17 mins
  • Muppet Treasure Island (1996) | G | 1h 39 mins
  • The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists (2012) | G | 1h 28 mins
  • The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008) | G | 1h 25 mins
  • Jake and the Never Land Pirates (Animated TV series 2011 – 2016)
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