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These pirate crafts for kids “aaarrr” the best! They’re simple and engaging, and they’re sure to inspire hours of imaginative play for preschoolers.
Whether you save these pirate activities for Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) or you add them to your Letter of the Week: Pp lessons, they’re sure to be a hit with your preschoolers.
Pair them with your favorite pirate-themed picture books for even more pirate fun.
Treasure maps, parrots, pirate ships, and more! You’ll find these ideas and more among the pirate crafts for kids that are featured below.
Pirate Crafts for Kids
You won’t believe how easy it is to make a felt pirate ship and peg dolls for your kiddos. It’s sure to inspire hours of imaginative, screen-free play! Crafty Moms Share
Pirate paper bag puppets are sure to be a hit at your next afternoon crafting session. Kids can reenact their favorite pirate stories with them. Messy Little Monster
Why settle for an ordinary bath before bedtime? Turn your bathtub into a pirate treasure hunt with these fun (and frugal) ideas. Teaching Ideas
It’s super simple to create simple pirate hooks from plastic cups and some tin foil. Add them to your dress up box for some pirate-inspired play time. East Coast Mommy Blog
An edible pirate ecosystem will certainly bring your preschooler’s favorite pirate stories to life. Nerdy Momma
This pirate-themed busy box is the perfect on-the-go activity for busy kids and quiet time. Teach Me Mommy
This pirate sensory bin comes complete with a treasure hunt, pirate booty, and an “x” to mark the spot! Life with Moore Babies
If you’re a crafty preschool momma/teacher, you can make your own felt pirate map. If not, you can always draw one on paper. Party Through the USA
These pirate paper dolls are gorgeous! They make great story-telling props. Adventure in a Box
I love this DIY pirate ship, and I bet your preschoolers will, too! This is one you’ll have to make for your little ones, but they can help paint/decorate it when it’s done. Red Ted Art
Your little crafters can turn an ordinary paper bowl into a 3D pirate complete with grumpy faces, stubbly beards, and eye patches. I Heart Crafty Things
Make this cardboard tube pirate and parrot craft. They’re perfect for imaginative or small world play. Artsy Craftsy Mom
This paper plate pirate boat craft for kids is easy to make, and it really rocks! Non-Toy Gifts
Kids will love making their own pirate adventures with this simple pirate slime sensory play activity! Where Imagination Grows
Turn a regular t-shirt and sweat pants into a simple pirate costume with a little duct tape and cardboard. It’s sure to be a hit in your dress-up box! Crafts by Amanda
MUST HAVE RESOURCES:
When making these pirate crafts for kids, I find that the following resources are very helpful to have on hand.
BOOKS ABOUT PIRATES
Fill your book basket with a great collection of preschool pirate books. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
How I Became a Pirate – A young boy named Jeremy joins Captain Braid Beard and learns the finer points of living a pirate life.
Pirates Love Underpants – This laugh-out-loud Underpants adventure is full of pirates, sharks, and treasure. You’ll be yo-ho-ho-ing with hilarity until the pirates conclude their zany expedition!
Captain LaPlank: The Perfect Pirate – This rhyming pirate adventure tells the hilarious story of a pirate captain who demands perfection of himself and his crew—until one by one, his crew begins making minor mistakes and are quickly shown to the plank!
ROUND OUT YOUR PIRATE UNIT WITH THESE ACTIVITIES:
If you’re potty training your little pirate, he or she will love tracking their progress on this printable reward chart.
Pirate Funny Barrel is a fun game the whole family can enjoy. Who can put all their swords in the slots without waking the pirate?
Preschoolers can work on visual discrimination with these Pirate Printables: Same or Different.
Print these pirate handwriting practice pages so your preschoolers can practice their handwriting on Talk Like a Pirate Day.