13 Fun & Easy Pirate Crafts for Kids (and 10 Free Pirate Printables too!)

Pirates are always a popular theme with kids, and for good reason. They get to be the daring hero in a quest for treasure and adventure. They can also dress up as their favorite pirate character, fly the Jolly Roger, and even speak in pirate talk. Who wouldn’t want that?

Today we have 13 easy pirate crafts for kids to share with you, as well as free printable pirate colouring pages and activities.

I remember going to some great pirate themed parties as a child, and they have stood the test of time since my boys love pirates just as much. If you are planning a pirate party, we have plenty of great and simple ideas here for you in this blog post. 

Young people have been fascinated by pirates for centuries! These days, people are more into pirates than ever before. That’s because of movies like Pirates of the Caribbean and Stranger Things, as well as TV shows like Once Upon A Time and Black Sails. 

With Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th September, we’ve got you covered with these easy crafts.

With a bit of creativity and some glue, you can create these fun little pirate crafts that are just perfect for your young buccaneers!

I’ve gathered together a selection of swashbuckling pirate crafts, from hats to telescopes to parrots and eye patches – there’s a craft or pirate activity for every little pirate to enjoy making. 13 fun pirate crafts for kids for talk like a pirate day. Great ideas for treasure chests, telescopes, pirate hand prints and loads more. Pirate printables too!

There is no better way to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day than with some pirate crafts for kids. What better way to get your kids in the spirit of the day than by letting them make their own treasure map, pirate hat, and sword?

This year, instead of just reading a book about pirates, give your child the opportunity to go on an adventure with these hands on pirate crafts. So much fun!

Click on each of the links for the full instructions, supplies and tutorial for that particular pirate craft for kids.

Handprint Pirate Craft for Kids – Crafty Morning

Use paint and handprints to make this easy pirate craft for kids – so cute!

Make a Pirate Hat – Paris Bourke

Make your own pirate hat and Dress up as a pirate with fun DIY

Kids’ Sea-View Telescope Craft – One Time Through

Pretend to be pirates with this playful pirate telescope craft. This post from One Time Through will show you how to make it. 

Eye Patches and Parrots craft for pirate story time- Sturdy for Common Things

This felt pirate craft is lots of fun for story telling and creativity. 

Make a pirate Boat – Red Ted Art

Make a pirate boat using cardboard and paint. Afterwards, they can have lots of fun playing with their pirate toys and figures

Cardboard Pirate Ship – Ikat Bag

These detailed cardboard ships are inspired by Narnia, with the full tutorial over on Ikat Bag

Pirate treasure chest – Classroom Creative

This amazing golden pirate treasure chest is made using an old plastic strawberry container 

Recycled Wax “Gems” made from Crayons – No Time for Flashcards

These recycled wax crayon gems are so cool! Perfect for pirate treasure hunts and then can be re-used to colour and draw. 

Toilet Roll Pirate and Parrot – Pink Stripey Socks

Toilet Roll crafts are a classic, and this pirate and parrot are soo cute!

How to Make Your Own Pirate Compass – Witty Hoots

Find out how to make your own pirate compass that really works, with this guide from Witty Hoots

DIY Pirate Map and Treasure Hunt Games – Imagination Tree

Children’s imagination can go wild making their own pirate treasure map. Skull rocks, the stinky swamp and the look out point – what else can you add?

Waterproof a pirate ship – Science Sparks

Experimenting with different materials to make your pirate ship waterproof. This pirate activity from Science Sparks includes lots of hands on learning 

Pirate Science – Exploding Treasure Chests – Fun a Day

Exploding fizzing sparkling pirate treasure chests!

With all of these swash buckling crafts, your little ones will be busy all day! Whether you are planning a pirate birthday party, doing a pirate topic at nursery or school, or just searching for some activities and crafts to tie in to your child’s current interest – We hope you enjoyed all of these pirate ideas for early years. 

Pirate Printables

Finding fun activities for kids to do can be difficult. The pirate printables that we have gathered in this post are designed to be educational and fun for children, so print out these pirate activities to keep your little pirates busy, and learning!

The range of printables includes pirate colouring, cutting, letters, pirate play dough activities and lots more – all with a pirates theme. 


Click on each link to download each set of pirate printables. There are more options within each link, the pictures below are just a sample

Pirate Colouring Pages – In The Playroom

Pirate Printables: Same or Different – 3 Boys and a Dog

Pirate Printables: Cutting Practice Preschool – 3 Boys and a Dog

Pirate Playdough Mats – Picklebums

Pirate Printables: Vocabulary Word Find – 3 Boys and a Dog

Pirate Printables: Find the Letter P – 3 Boys and a Dog

Kid Color Pages: Pirates – Crystal and Co

Handwriting Practice for Kids: Pirate Theme  – Crystal and Co

Pirate Facts and Lunch Box Notes – Brain Power Boy

Ocean Literacy – Treasure Chest Rhyming ($) – Pre K Pages

Fun pirate crafts for kids for talk like a pirate day

You might also like these pirate cake ideas which will definitely help if you are putting together a pirate themed party for your child. Whether you are looking for a show stopping pirate birthday cake or for simpler ideas for pirate cupcakes, we’ve got you covered with these suggestions in our pirate cakes blog post (click the coloured link to see all of the amazing pirate cake ideas)


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