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Pirate Activities for Kids! Early Childhood Educator Mrs.A’s pirate themes crafts & activities. Fun for kids & toddlers alike!

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #12

Pirate Cookie Shape

What is a pirate’s favorite food? Fish and ships!
To finish off this series of learning activities, pirates are going to look for treasure in the kitchen. Just in case they need some food for long trips here is a snack idea: a few chocolate ships, oops, chocolate chips, unsweetened cereal like cheerios, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, chopped nuts can be used if allergies aren’t an issue, and swimming in all of this some fishy crackers. A little container of Pirate Mix is a nutritious snack. Helping make their own snacks encourages kids to be responsible for themselves, a significant self skill.

Here’s another idea: pirate fruit swords. The swords are kebob skewers. Cut some fruit into chunks and put it on a plate. Bananas, grapes, watermelon, orange sections. pineapple and apple pieces, and strawberries will work. Although it’s more fun to run the fruit thru with the skewer it’s safer to carefully put the sections onto it. Try making a pattern with the fruit pieces, banana, orange, grape, banana, orange, grape, etc. Patterning is a basic skill that comes up in language, math, music, and more. Along with rhyming and word sounds it’s one that requires lots of repetition. When washing dishes, first wash a spoon, then a fork, then a spoon, then a fork. Sorting  the laundry can be pattern practice, too. This goes in the dark pile, this goes in the light pile, dark, light, etc.  When pirates walk that makes a pattern, too. Left foot, peg leg, left foot, peg leg. What would the pattern be if the pirate has only a right foot? Right foot, peg, leg, right foot, peg leg. Right to 123kindergarten! Have you enjoyed this pirate series of learning ideas?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates #11

Now that there is a box of treasure, doesn’t it seem like the next activity should be a treasure map? Imagining is a skill that needs exercise and gets better with practice and a pirate map uses lots of imagination. X is another letter of the alphabet so pirates need to practice the alphabet, too. Drawing is a third skill that all of us can enjoy. A pirate map uses these skills and more.  Any big piece of paper will do, the more crumpled and ripped the better. What might be on a pirate map? Dragons, sea monsters, islands, fierce winds, big waves, bones, and ships. What else can you imagine? For a giant pirate map, try some  chalk on the driveway. Speaking of maps…
 why did the pirate cross the ocean? To get to the other tide!

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirates in a Tub

Rub a dub, dub, pirates have fun in the tub. Or in the kiddie pool. Backyard pools are a fun place for some more science. Using some various shaped containers, watch how water changes it shape to fit in the space. Show your munchkin how the water loses that shape when it is poured. Where did the shape go? Does water always pour down. Use some empty containers with holes in the bottom or sides and see where the water comes out. Try small holes and big ones. Squeeze the containers and watch the water spurt. Try making a waterfall. Does the water have some force? How does it water feel? What does the water do if an adult gets in the pool, too? Adults need science time, especially in hot weather.  Doesn’t that feel good?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #6

Why does it take pirates a long time to learn the alphabet? Because they are always at C (sea). One way to practice letters is with play-dough. This helps for all kids, but especially for those who learn best by touch as opposed to visual or verbal learners. Roll out the barrel, er, I mean roll … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #6

Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #5

Pirates start with the letter P. The letter P makes a ‘puh’ sound. What else starts with this sound? Pants, pig, purple. Some children may be able to name things on their own that start with the same sound; other children may need an adult to supply a word and ask if they start the same. For example, do … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Pirate #5