Did you know there’s an 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!)
When Is 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 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.
What Is 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), International Talk Like A Pirate Day was born. (Yay for us!)
The possibilities for pirate-themed fun to celebrate this day 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!)
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29 Talk Like a Pirate Day Activities, Lessons, and Projects
1. Pirate Lesson Plans Ideas
There are a lot of cool things you can do with pirates during your lessons like:
• Watch a fun pirate movie
• Read some pirate books:
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):
(Mine sounds like a stripper name. Whatever . . .)
LEARN HOW TO MAKE PIRATE CANNONBALL BROWNIE BITES RECIPE
3. Pirate STEM
Want nerdy pirate fun? Check out some pirate science and pirate themed STEM activities:
4. Pirate Arts and Crafts Activities
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.
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?