Below are some fun activities for a preschool pirate theme. I had a blast teaching a pirate-themed summer camp last year. I’m not-so-secretly hoping we do another one this year!
Get ready for a preschool pirate theme, me hearties!
READ BOOKS ABOUT PIRATES.
It’s a great way to set the stage for pirate fun and learning. Check out 10 of our favorite pirate books!
MAKE A PIRATE EYE PATCH.
This doesn’t have to be anything fancy . . . remember, pirates are pretty no nonsense characters! My preschoolers and I cut a “patch” out of black foam, then stapled black yarn to the foam. I helped them tie the yarn in a knot, with the patch over one of their eyes.
CREATE SUNKEN TREASURE DISCOVERY BOTTLES.
The children can explore science and sensory concepts while having a blast. We created our treasure bottles two different ways, and I love how they both turned out. Be sure to ask the kiddos about where they found their treasure! That makes for some great imaginative story telling and vocabulary.
CRAFT GOLDEN DOUBLOONS.
Little pirates will have a blast making their own gold coins out of salt dough like Twodaloo. So many math games and activities could be played with the pirates’ gold coins!
GO ON A TREASURE HUNT!
Prior to looking for treasure, make a treasure map like this one from Tutus and Tea Parties.
COMMEMORATE THE PRESCHOOL PIRATE THEME WITH HAND PRINT ART.
Yes, I’m a sucker for hand print art! So it’s no surprise that I love The Kindergarten Smorgasbord’s hand print pirate.
FIND THE PIRATES’ LOOT IN “EXPLODING” TREASURE CHESTS.
Lots of science and sensory fun with this activity! It was, by far, the favorite activity at last year’s summer camp. We ran out of treasure chests before the kiddos’ interest ran out.
WALK THE PLANK!
We simply set up a large wooden plank between two crates. Underneath the crates, we placed a blue plastic table cloth. The children took turns “walking the plank” and avoiding the shark-infested waters. For the younger kids, the plank was placed across the “water” (without the use of the crates).
MAKE AND CREATE WITH PLAY DOUGH ANY PIRATE WOULD LOVE.
I am definitely going to try out Fantastic Fun and Learning’s gold play dough with my little pirates soon!
WRITE A BOOK ABOUT PIRATES.
Have the children create their own pirate ships or draw themselves as pirates. Depending on their levels, the kids can then dictate or write a story about themselves as pirates!
LET THE CHILDREN DISCOVER PIRATE SENSORY BINS.
These hands-on bins are great for those summer days when you can’t go outside!
BUILD A PIRATE SHIP TO SAIL!
My preschoolers and I used basic cardboard boxes and decorated them with markers. You could also use a toy bucket like Learn with Play at Home, or even a laundry basket like Inner Child Fun. Just add a little imagination and you’re sailing the Seven Seas!
MAKE A PIRATE TELESCOPE.
We used a simple cardboard tube decorated with pirate-themed duct tape. Hands-On: As We Grow used different recycled materials and tape to create her telescope.
DON’T FORGET THE PIRATE GRUB!
We had goldfish crackers, of course, as well as delicious “pirate jello” (complete with pirate flags). I soooo want to make these banana pirates too, one day!