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Ahoy, me hearties! Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day this September 19th. International Talk Like a Pirate Day is perfect for introducing preschoolers to the exciting world of pirates.
Whether you’re a parent or caregiver, this fun holiday is an opportunity for you to share stories, sing songs, and play pirate-themed games with your little ones.
Here are some creative pirate preschool theme activities designed to make Talk Like a Pirate Day special for your preschooler!
Talk Like a Pirate Day Activities
Ahoy, mateys! Get ready to hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail on a thrilling adventure as we celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day”.
This unique and fun-filled event is celebrated annually on September 19th and gives everyone the opportunity to channel their inner pirate. But how can you make the most of this day?
From pirate-themed games to learning the pirate lingo, we have compiled a list of engaging activities and ideas to help you and your crew immerse yourselves in the pirate spirit.
So, let’s batten down the hatches and dive into these swashbuckling activities!
Read Pirate Books.
Read pirate books for kids. Whether you read aloud a pirate-themed chapter book, such as Pirates Before Noon, or a fun pirate-themed picture book, preschoolers will get a kick out of learning more about the life of a pirate.
Set Up a Treasure Hunt.
Send kids on a treasure hunt. You can hide some gold coins, draw a treasure map, and send your little ones on a treasure hunt in the house or backyard.
You can also help them make some magic treasure rocks. Send them on treasure hunt to find the rocks, and then let them “melt” the rocks to find the hidden treasure.
Dress Up Like a Pirate
Talk Like a Pirate (Of Course…)
Check out one or more of these sites for “talk like a pirate” ideas:
- Learn How to Talk Like a Pirate | Rockin’ Boys
- Talk Like a Pirate Printable Vocabulary Cards | Scattered Squirrel
- Pirate Coloring Pages | Homeschool of 1
Eat Like a Pirate
- fish and chips – a small serving of potato chips and goldfish crackers
- pirate ship on the ocean – Slice an orange and place a small paper flag on it (with a toothpick). Serve the orange “boat” in a cup of blue jello (ocean).
- Make fruit kabobs skewered with plastic pirate (cocktail) swords.
- cannon balls – Whoppers candy or cheese balls
- Find 12 more easy pirate party food ideas at Hostess with the Mostess.
Pirate Resources for Preschoolers
When completing these crafts and activities at home, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
Pirate Books for Kids
Reading pirate-themed books with preschoolers is a fantastic way to immerse them in the spirit of “Talk Like a Pirate Day”.
These stories, filled with adventure and playful language, can introduce them to the fascinating world of pirates.
With colorful illustrations and engaging narratives, these books can spark their imagination, expand their vocabulary with fun pirate lingo, and encourage a love for reading.
So, gather your little buccaneers, grab a treasure trove of pirate books, and set sail on an exciting literary journey!
The Pirates Next Door – Meet the Jolley-Rogers — a pirate family who is moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town, while they fix up their ship…
There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish – There was an old pirate . . . who swallowed a fish, a bird, a map, some gold, and even a whole pirate ship! Will the Old Pirate sink to the bottom of the deep, dark sea? Yo ho ho! Watch his belly grow!
Pirate Boy – After reading his favorite book about a pirate boy, Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship. Luckily, his mother reassures him that she would find him, even if she had to swim on a dolphin, battle sea monsters, and wield a bottle of pirate-shrinking magic spray to do it!
Round Out Your Pirate Unit with These Activities:
Teach your preschoolers how to play tic-tac-toe with this pirate tic-tac-toe game. It’s perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Don’t Rock the Boat is a fun game in which preschoolers take turns stacking their pirates without sending them overboard!
Preschoolers can work on their handwriting skills with these pirate-themed handwriting worksheets.
You could round up a handful of hands-on activities to build the perfect pirate unit study for preschoolers.
Which of these Pirate Day activities will you do with your preschoolers?