Activities for Talk Like a Pirate Day for preschool, kindergarten and up! Get talk like a pirate lessons ideas, Talk Like a Pirate Day lingo and educational resources as well as party themed food for perfect pirate party ideas!
Ideas For Talk Like A Pirate Day
How do you celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day?
- Learn about pirates and pirate history.
- Get your pirate name (with pirate name generator)!
- Dress like a pirate.
- Use a pirate talk translator and learn how to speak like a pirate. (See the pirate speak generator below!)
- Make a pirate treasure map (and go on a treasure hunt to find a treasure chest or buried treasure!).
- Learn about famous pirates.
- Make some pirate-themed food like brownie bite cannonballs.*
- Watch a pirate movie.
- Make pirate PlayDough mats or pirate themed sensory bins.
- Read pirate books.
- Sing a talk like a pirate day song or play music for Talk Like A Pirate Day.
- Do a science project on scurvy.
- Grab some free pirate printables for the classroom.
- Play pin the treasure on the map and other pirate day games (ideas below!).
- Make a pirate cake.
- Learn what are Swashbucklers and other pirate vocabulary lessons.
- Tell Talk Like A Pirate Day jokes.
- Participate in the Talk Like A Pirate Day Krispy Kreme event!
- Look for Talk Like A Pirate Day Freebies (like talk like a pirate day at Krispy Kreme and other businesses)!
- Search for talk like a pirate day events near me and go to one! (Be sure to wear your best pirate costume!)
*Be sure to see these Talk Like A Pirate Day teaching resources and the rest of the 29 pirate educational activities below and ways to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day! KEEP SCROLLING!
What Is Talk Like a Pirate Day?
Talk Like a Pirate Day is a random holiday where everyone is encouraged to talk like a pirate! It is now celebrated around the world and people even raise money for charities and some retail locations provide fun discounts and freebies!
Who started talk like a pirate day?
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), National Talk Like A Pirate Day was born.
(Yay for us! Now we can officially have a speak like a pirate day!)
By the way, how do pirates say hello?
(Teach it to your kids. You’re welcome.)
But… why do we celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day?
When Is Talk Like a Pirate Day?
When is national Talk Like A Pirate Day? Talk Like a Pirate Day is celebrated on September 19th every year. It was initially created on June 6, 1995. However, the creators – John Baur (“Ol’ Chumbucket”) and Mark Summers (“Cap’n Slappy”) – decided to move the date from June 6 (which is D Day, or the day of Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II) out of respect for that date in history. International Talk Like a Pirate Day then found its place on September 19 and is celebrated on that date every year.
Now, each September 19th Talk Like A Pirate Day happens!
Let’s get to our pirate themed activities preschool and up!
Best Children’s Activities for Talk Like A Pirate Day
OVER 29 Talk Like a Pirate Day Activities, Lessons, and Projects for Kids
The possibilities for pirate-themed fun and pirate activities to celebrate this holiday 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 or Pirate Month!
So, starting planning your September 19 Talk Like A Pirate Day with this fun list of Talk Like a Pirate Day ideas — whether you’re looking for pirate day activities for kindergarten, homeschool preschool, elementary school or even middle school and up!
Need pirate day dress up ideas? Learn how to create your own pirate costume for less than $10! (Great for Halloween costumes, Pirate Day dress up ideas / pirate theme activities all year or spirit week ideas, pirate preschool lesson plans / cheap pirate kindergarten activities, pirate classroom days, or pirate birthday parties, too!)
Pirate Lesson Plans Ideas & Pirate Books for Kids
There are a lot of cool things you can do with pirates during your lessons like:
• Teaching pirates: Learn about pirates for a week and how to act like a pirate
• Watch a funny pirate movie
• Have a pirate read aloud!
Read book about pirates for kids and learn you are a pirate for international pirate day!
Try these book pirate ideas (great for preschool pirate lesson plans and up!):
How To Be A Pirate (fun for preschool pirate ideas)
Inside Out Pirate Ship: Explore the Golden Age of Piracy! (great to use for a piracy lesson plan for older kids!)
Lear about pirate ways with this big book of pirate: Pirateology: The Pirate Hunter’s Companion
Name Ye Pirate with a Pirate Talk Translator
Want to know your pirate name?
(How can you start Pirate Day without knowing ye pirate name, Matey?)
(Ok, I’ll stop now . . . maybe. I mean, it is international pirates day…)
What do you say on Talk Like a Pirate Day? Learn pirate vocabulary for national speak like a pirate day — and then use it to how to write like a pirate and try to create your own Talk Like A Pirate Day phrases or create your own pirate talk game (or grab this one to play)!
Make a rule that you can only use pirate day talk during the party or lesson.
Facts About Pirates for Kids: Did you know that pirates probably didn’t really say the pirate shout “ARRRR!” and that it was probably started by Hollywood movies? So, if you’re wondering how to sound like a pirate, saying ARG probably isn’t it!
Want nerdy pirate fun? Check out some pirate science and pirate themed STEM activities:
Test Scurvy (good for pirate stem activities for middle school and up/ a pirate activity for older kids)
Make invisible ink for your pirate treasure map
Pirate Arts and Crafts Activities
Here are some easy pirate art and craft ideas:
Make a paper bag pirate (fun and easy pirate art project for preschoolers, kindergartners and up!)
Food for Talk Like A Pirate Day
What’s a pirate party without pirate food?
We made a fruit salad to look like jewels and called it “Pirate Treasure,” chicken tenders turned into a “Walk the (Chicken) Plank,” and — our favorite — chocolate covered brownie bites became Pirate Cannonballs.
Check out the full details and pirate food recipes on our sister site:
Pirate Party Games / Pirate Theme Games
Want some games for a pirate party meet up or pirate themed physical activities?
Play fun pirate games like:
Check out this cute pin the treasure on the map.
However, when we had a pirate party, the biggest hit — by far — was a treasure scavenger hunt.
Have your own treasure scavenger hunt.
Play Pop Up Pirate! (easy game with pirates to add to kindergarten pirate activities or preschool lesson plans pirates games)
Play Rainbow Pirates (great for elementary students pirate activities, middle school pirate day, or even teen pirate party ideas!)
Don’t forget talk like a pirate day jokes! Tell some national talk like a pirate day jokes! (You can even make your own printable list of 101 pirate jokes!)
(Let us know your best games with pirates so we can add them to our list of games about pirates!)