Talk Like a Pirate Day Activities

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September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day! And, if this isn’t a fun enough reason to change up some lesson plans for homeschooling, Matey, then I don’t know what is! (I mean, who doesn’t love some educational pirate activities, right?)


(Sorry. Couldn’t resist!)

International Talk Like a Pirate Day all started with two dudes. They are very clear that they are “guys” and “not men, with responsibility and suits and power ties.”

“Once upon a time — on June 6, 1995, to be precise — we were playing racquetball, not well but gamely. It wasn’t our intention to become ‘the pirate guys.’ . . .On this day, for reasons we still don’t quite understand, we started giving our encouragement in pirate slang. “

And so, randomly (and a little perplexingly), International Talk Like A Pirate Day was born. (Yay for us!)

The possibilities for pirate-themed fun are endless, but we’ve given you some ideas below so that maybe you can throw your own pirate party along with your studies! (And heck, why limit it to one day? There are enough ideas here to make it Pirate Week!)

Talk Like a Pirate Day Party, Lessons, and Activities

1. Pirate Lesson Plans Ideas

There are a lot of cool things you can do with pirates during your lessons like:

Learn about pirates for a week

Design a treasure map

Learn pirate vocabulary

Do some pirate coloring

Have an interactive pirate experience

Learn about famous pirates

Watch a pirate documentary

• Watch a fun pirate movie

• Read some pirate books:

How I Became a Pirate Book (AFFILIATE) Republic of the Pirates Book (AFFILIATE) How To Be A Pirate Book (AFFILIATE) Pirate Book (AFFILIATE) Pirateology Book (AFFILIATE) Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House, No. 4) (AFFILIATE)

2. Name Ye Pirate

Want to know your pirate name? Check out the pirate name generator and have some fun! (How can you start Pirate Day without knowning ye pirate name, Matey?) (Ok, I’ll stop now . . .)

Here are our pirate names (in case you were curious):

Jackie's Pirate Name

(Mine sounds like a stripper name. Whatever . . .)

Ella's pirate name


3. Pirate STEM

Want nerdy pirate fun? Check out some pirate science and pirate themed STEM activities:

Create exploding treasure chests

Test Scurvy 

Make a pirate telescope

Make invisible ink

Make a compass

4. Pirate Arts and Crafts Activities

Make a paper bag pirate

Make a cool cardboard pirate ship

Make cardboard swords

Make a pirate flag

Make some slime-y pirate booty

5. Pirate-Themed Food

What’s a pirate party without pirate food?

We made a fruit salad to look like jewels and called it “Pirate Treasure,” some chicken tenders turned into a “Walk the (Chicken) Plank,” and — our favorite — chocolate covered brownie bites became “Pirate Cannonballs” (recipe below).

(By the way, those brownie bites were a HUGE hit at a party. Make extra. Trust me.)

brownie bite pirate cannonballs recipe
Pirate Cannonball Brownie Bites
Print Recipe
brownie bite pirate cannonballs recipe
Pirate Cannonball Brownie Bites
Print Recipe
  1. Bake the brownies according to the package directions. Let cool completely.
  2. Scoop the baked brownies into a large bowl, breaking them apart.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of vanilla icing and stir. (I actually use my hands to squish everything around.) If the brownies are too dry, add more vanilla icing until you get the consistency where you can shape the brownie mixture into balls.
  4. Shape the brownie mixture into balls and set aside.
  5. Melt the two packages of Wilton’s chocolate candy melts over low heat. Stir until completely melted and keep on stove over low.
  6. Drop brownie balls into the melted chocolate and spoon melted chocolate over the bites until completely covered.
  7. Remove chocolate covered brownie bites and places on wax paper to set.
  8. Repeat steps 6-7 until all of the brownie bites are covered.
Recipe Notes

The number of "cannonballs" this recipe makes will depend on how large or small you make your cannonball brownies. ENJOY from!

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6. Pirate Party Games

Want some games for a pirate party meet up? Check out this cute pin the treasure on the map. However, when we had a pirate party one time, the biggest hit — by far — was a treasure scavenger hunt. You can make your own treasure scavenger hunt.

What pirate day activities were hits in your classroom or home?

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